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Don't miss this family reunion; REVIEW.

A FAMILY REUNION - Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Until October 7. Running Time 2hr 45min.

A FAMILY Reunion is a very powerful exploration of a family that is falling apart as its domineering and dying matriarch looks on.

Its real achievement is its ability to get you inside the head of eldest son Harry (Greg Hicks), a totally misunderstood man drowning in utter isolation and despair.

This TS Eliot play uses themes of sin and retribution and draws heavily on the Orestes story - a Greek tragedy.

Banal and comic chitchat of aunts and uncles is cleverly juxtaposed with Harry's deeply moving and passionate monologues. The play really comes alive with the dynamism of Hicks and Zoe Waites, who plays Harry's cousin Mary.

Although its references and meaning are heavily layered, it is still accessible and its poetry is beautiful and rich. A triumph for director Adrian Noble

Don't miss it.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Prichard, Caroline
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 18, 1999
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