Evita, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre - ★★★★ - Until September 21, 2019


Just over forty years ago this much beloved musical arrived on the west end stage. It has become iconic, and aficionados of the genre will know the words and staging by heart. Indeed, purists found it hard to accept the film version, so if you are one of those this may not be the production for you. This is an updated, high energy version of the classic. The set is minimalist, but the production still employs some brilliant effects. The choreography of Fabian Aloise is contemporary and full of excitement. It cleverly underscores the narrative and almost becomes its own commentary on events. Some of the costuming choices may be questionable, but this innovative interpretation by Jamie Lloyd rewards those who go with it. We are offered new insight into a work we think we know so well. Samantha Pauly brings a fresh, poignant interpretation to "Don't Cry for me Argentina" while the political observations in the "Art of the Possible" darkly resonate in current times. Indeed, the political side of this work seems to take on new meaning and is almost chillingly prophetic. Che's bitter insight about Peron finding it annoying to fight elections and to endure the inconvenience of having to get a majority is almost an exegesis of the present situation in several countries. Trent Saunders as Che is quite splendid and he almost steals the show, capturing the idealism and cynicism of his character while never making him a caricature. For all the music you love and for a fresh insight and approach into this stalwart of the stage, be sure to see Open Air Theatre's production of an Evita for today.

Reviewed by J.C.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆ 

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WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until September 21, 2019
Mon - Sat: 7:45 pm, Thu & Sat: 2:15 pm
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Nearest tube: Baker Street

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