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Condemned to each other and to the theatre

Who's Afraid?

Tom Lanoye

An elderly acting couple take stock of their love for each other and for their profession. All their productions are flops except one: a popular repertory classic about a pair of swearing and hard-drinking intellectuals that brings in money and audiences. They are sick of performing it, but fated to stand there night after night in those same old roles.

A vibrant linguistic festival.

Only the actors playing opposite them change regularly, two young people who inevitably leave in high dudgeon after a while. It gets harder and harder to find replacements. But then the state comes to their aid. The next pair of young actors will receive a socio-cultural subsidy on condition that they have foreign origins and preferably non-white skin. The first encounter between the foursome brings all their repressed conflicts to the fore.

Confrontational and gutsy.
NRC Handelsblad

As a brilliant intertext of Edward Albee’s classic ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’, this work by Tom Lanoye is a head-on collision between four characters who never shrink from ranting and raging, or from manipulating each other. Beneath their comic layer of fulmination and pretence, one truth remains: they are condemned to each other, and to the theatre.

Splendid play, with a high joke-density and priceless sentences, full of play on words and figures of speech.
De Standaard
Tom Lanoye turns “Who’s Afraid” inside out to create a ferociously good performance.
De Volkskrant