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Race By David Mamet (South African Season / The Playhouse Company and Assembly)

By | Published on Saturday 23 August 2014

This is the epitome of great theatre: David Mamet’s 2009 Broadway hit, revived by The Playhouse Company as part of the South African Season. Slicing through our social squeamishness, Mamet’s trademark biting dialogue and razor-sharp wit shine an uncomfortably bright light on universal issues of guilt, blame and shame in this black comedy-drama. ‘Race’ sees three lawyers, two black and one white, struggling with the practicalities and ethics of representing a white man accused of raping a black girl. Effortlessly exquisite performances here; the tangled barbed-wire relationship of Susan and Jack, portrayed by Nondumiso Tembe and Andre Jacobs, is exhilarating to watch unfold. You’d be lucky to find theatre of this calibre on the West End.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Hannah Cutting]