Obsession
Dance

Barbican

Obsession

19 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017

£16.00 - £60.00

Pro reviewers rating
15 reviews

2.8 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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Drifter Gino, powerful and graceful as a puma, encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Giovanna at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Giovanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband. But the crime does not unite them in this chilling story where passion can lead only to destruction.

Stage adaptation of Visconti’s 1943 film Ossessione

Ages 14+
 

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Barbican [Off West End]

“Law’s Gino broods compellingly for virtually the entire 100-minute duration.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Beautifully acted by all it is imaginative, alienating and strangely compelling theatre. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Strives for profundity... by turning the characters into archetypes, van Hove deprives them of their humanity. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Swathes the action in artistic refinement. It is well executed, but lacks the power of the Visconti movie.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Frustrating adaptation... an odd, often clashing mishmash of ideas... It’s frequently hard to discern the exact point.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“The nature and atmosphere of the material and the director’s aesthetic bent are in danger of cancelling each other out”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“The director’s anti-naturalism serves him well in delivering the plot... A long way off van Hove’s best form.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“His ability to switch from the (often classical-music assisted) sublime to the potentially risible is in evidence once again.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Law... magnificent... snatches from the overweening directorial pretensions a genuinely felt performance.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“One of the country’s finest character actors... gives a performance of brooding intensity.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Frustrating stage adaptation of the Visconti film that’s catastrophically lacking in sexual energy.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Disappointing. The production is underpowered and rarely feels exciting.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Plod. Plod. Plod... Rather dull... Pretentious and quite ordinary... A raging Jude Law adds fine fury.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Ripely pretentious twaddle... Potent story about fate comes second to gimmick and image... tails away into silliness.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“One of the worst shows I’ll see all year. Treacly slow. Rhapsodically self-absorbed. Stiffly written... Running on the spot.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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