Kiss of the Spider Woman

  • Date:
    Wednesday, April 25, 2007

    Genre: Drama
    Opened 25 April 2007
    Written: by Manuel Puig, in a translation by Allan Baker
    Directed: Charlotte Westenra
    Produced: Donmar Warehouse
    Cast includes: Will Keen (Molina) , Rupert Evans (Valentin)
    Synopsis: Portrayal of two men who are forced to share a cell in a Latin American jail. One, a young Marxist rebel punished for his ideals, the other a middle-aged man condemned for his sexuality. Through the glamorous fantasy of the movies, an unlikely relationship is formed that offers both men the hope of survival.

    What the critics had to say.....
    NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "The play is possessed by tension, irony and a sexual attraction that these fabulous actors [Will Keen & Rupert Evans] render real and poignant." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "A deeply dreary, depressingly predictable piece of work." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Altogether, this an intelligent, complex piece. If you crave dramatic ideas, they’re there in abundance." JOHN THAXTER for THE STAGE says, "This is Manuel Puig’s own stage adaptation, skilfully translated by Allan Parker and too rarely staged." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "I fail to see its appeal, except as an opportunity for a virtuoso performance...Puig's play is an etiolated fable that celebrates a belated sexual awakening without shedding new light on life in a police state."

    External links to full reviews from popular press
    The Guardian
    Daily Telegraph
    The Times

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