Visiting Mr Green / Directed by Alan Swerdlow / Auto & General Theatre On The Square, Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg 8.5
It’s been around 20 years since this play was staged in South Africa (then not long after its first couple of runs in the US) and though it is carefully positioned – via, among other things, a cleverly edited soundtrack of radio show excerpts, advertisements and music – as a representation of a specific culture, time and place, it is a simple, intimate human drama that is as relevant now as it’s ever been. In some ways, that’s odd, as the way in which playwright Jeff Baron deals with a few of the themes, including antisemitism and homophobia, feels somewhat old-fashioned. But anyone who has suffered as a result of these or other prejudices knows that those who practice such discrimination are hardly progressive types, so the script’s suggestion of an inability to move forward is regrettably accurate.
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