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Intelligence (Dutch Kills Theater)

By | Published on Saturday 6 August 2022

Empathy and outrage jostle for position in this taut political drama that positively sizzles throughout. At its heart lies a moral question: how much compromise is acceptable in the pursuit of peace? How much violence can we forgive, to forestall further violence? If that sounds ponderous, fear not: the script is lean, pacy, and thrilling. Our three characters – a Special Envoy and two US officials – grapple with the conundrum, exploring back-channel intelligence and potential peace-talks even as horrifying real-world events overtake their theoretical discussions and role-play. The script is convincing and compelling, the characters well-drawn and relatable, and the performances are consistently riveting. A complex question deserves serious consideration, something ‘Intelligence’ offers by eschewing easy answers.

Assembly Roxy, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andy Leask]