An Octoroon
Comedy

Orange Tree

An Octoroon

18 May 2017 - 01 Jul 2017

Pro reviewers rating
9 reviews

3.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

  • Synopsis
  • Cast and creatives
  • Venue details
What you gonna do once you free? You just gonna walk up in somebody house and be like,‘Hey. I’m a slave. Help me?’

Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent, and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful ‘octoroon’.

But, the dastardly M’Closky has other plans — for both Terrebonne and Zoe.

OBIE Award-winning play using the plot of Boucicault’s 1859 melodrama The Octoroon as the starting point for a bigger, wilder, more hilarious play about the tremendous, often tragic difficulties of identity, and life.

UK Premiere

Details of the NT transfer tba

Orange Tree [Fringe,Off West End]

“Daringly deconstructive... Bennett's production realises the madcap mania of Jacob-Jenkins' text well... Hectic perversity.”

Fergus Morgan (The Stage)

“Squirm-inducing, prodding at our anxieties over representation of race... Fresh, funny, clever... Keeps you on your toes. ”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“Bizarrely brilliant... Both infinitely playful and deeply serious... dazzlingly questions the nature of theatrical illusion.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Deeply shocking, but darkly hilarious... A savage and sophisticated sense of irony... Committed and brave performances.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Hectic ingenuity and high-energy ambivalence... An energising production, unafraid of the necessary madcap messiness.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A playwright to watch... A cracking piece of writing... an effervescent production of a richly imaginative play... Vital drama.”

Tom Birchenough (Arts Desk)

“Giddy mix of the angry and the absurd... Messy, inspired and invigorating.”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Bold, excessive, surging... Dramatic dash... Bennett and designer Lowe excel in showing the subconscious of a play.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Dazzlingly playful and sharply provocative look at ideas of race, representation and the nature of theatre itself.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

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