Sunday, February 26, 2006

Play A Map of the World (David Hare, 1983; produced by Burning Coal Theatre Company)

I was late and missed much of the first half, but otherwise reasonably enjoyed David Hare's A Map of the World that Burning Coal Theatre Company put on at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, NC, directed by Roger Smart. The play included a Hamlet-like play (well, in this case, film) within a play. The acting was strong and, though I couldn't follow all of the complexities, the story was interesting.

From the theatre's website:
When Indian-born, internationally acclaimed novelist Victor Mehta is invited to speak at a UNESCO-style conference on world hunger in 1977, all hell breaks loose! Many of those in attendance don't want the conservative novelist to speak. Into this mix walks a young, wet-behind-the-ears British journalist and a rising Hollywood starlet. Each will play a decisive role in Mehta's final decision.


  • February 15 Independent Weekly by Byron Woods
  • February 27 by Adam Sobsey in the Raleigh News & Observer newspaper
  • Review I heard by Mike Munger of WUNC Radio's The State of Things program on February 22

Picture from theatre's website of Gabrieal Griego as Peggy Whitton and Neil Shah as Victor Mehta


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