Theatre Review: Visiting Mr Green – Stars Of David, Or Of The Now And The Not Yetta



Visiting Mr Green / Directed by Alan Swerdlow / Auto & General Theatre On The Square, Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg       8.5

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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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