Chimerica
Drama

Almeida

Chimerica

20 May 2013 - 06 Jul 2013

£8.00 - £32.00

Pro reviewers rating
10 reviews

4.4 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
9 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

  • Synopsis
  • Cast and creatives
  • Venue details
Tiananmen Square, 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, Joe – a young American photojournalist – captures a piece of history.
 
New York, 2012. Joe is covering a presidential election, marred by debate over cheap labour and the outsourcing of American jobs to Chinese factories. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he? What happened to him? And could he still be alive? 
 
Writer Lucy Kirkwood and director Lyndsey Turner make their Almeida debuts with Chimerica, a provocative new play which examines the changing fortunes of two countries whose futures will come to define our own.

Almeida [Off West End]

Reviews (9)    

Your rating
An interesting concept, written by someone who was a baby at the time. It had its moments, but I agree with the New York Times' Ben Brantley, who gave it the only mediocre review I've seen. The journalist scenes were compelling but poorely and stereotypically written. The main Chinese character was compelling. The set design was good. There were many American accent wobbles though. And many ...

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Pat Jones 28 Jan 2014
For me it's unbelievable why this play got such an overwhelming reaction in the reviews. Tacky jokes about the revolting little chinese man who longs for Walmart, constructed cliché characters like the american reporter that says stupid line like he once had to stay 48 hours awake and hyper constructed political nonsense that an american senator (!) is asked by the chinese government to give the...

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Felix Seiler 22 Aug 2013
Chimerica is a good example of how not to write an "issue" play. The writer Lucy Kirkwood has taken all her research on issues of current culture, politics and economics of China and related effects on America and constructed a narrative which can plausibly fits all these research into. The result is a shallow study on China and America with a fairly inconsequential and uninvolving ficti...

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Christopher Hong 15 Jul 2013
Remarkable. Great script, strong cast playing the leads while also dropping convincingly into what felt like dozens of supporting roles, and a creative set allowing for surprising scope and scale. If it doesn't transfer to the West End I'll be very surprised, but it's worth chasing to see while it's on in this small space.

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Cabe Franklin 09 Jun 2013
Excellent fast paced theatre - really thought provoking on obsession, love and personalising an image which has become depersonalised through it's fame - challenges our perceptions of the world. Staging brilliant

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Caroline Donaldson 25 May 2013

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