Anyway, I can't make my mind up and will go back for a second helping.
Anything that started elsewhere but premieres here I consider new. Same for how the oliviers awards give musicals and plays like come from away the best new award
I mean you’ve got to give some leeway to some of the finest new work of the decade that we brits haven’t have the privilege of seeing until now
The only rule I personally apply is if a piece is over 10 years old when it finally arrives here, it’s not new. And 10 years is stretching it. So I am consider say Falsettos at the other palace a revival
I really enjoyed this. Aspects of the set-up are familiar: family gathering of siblings; settling of old scores; memories and secrets - but some brutally funny scenes (one which will stick with me for a long time) and terrific performances.
That two of Brandon-Jenkins' plays - this and the very different but also very powerful Octoroon - premiered in the same year is pretty amazing.
A final comment on seating. The stage is framed by two large-ish columns on either side. The people seated in the leftmost seats in the stalls (41/42) clearly missed important bits (when actors were towards the back of the stage you could see them trying & failing to look around the column on their side).
I was 3 seats from the edge which was fine, but the two people to the side of me had problems. Really careless set design and staging, unnecessarily creating a restricted view both with the pillars and Monica Dolan delivering her big final speech standing up the stairs. Similar problems with the design of "Europe".
Really loved this yesterday afternoon. Superb script, flawless direction, Monica Dolan is magnificent. And having seen this, I regret missing Gloria and An Octoroon (I've read both).
I also really enjoyed it yesterday. BJJ is fast becoming one of my favourite playwrights, and the way he dissects the legacy of slavery in this is just spot on. Much like An Octoroon was last year, this will likely go down as one of the best things I’ve seen this year.
I attended today’s matinee and overall I found it a really good piece of theatre with Monica Dolan as Toni the standout in a strong cast. I was sat in C8 of the circle and for £10 I couldn’t complain about the view and I certainly came away at the end thoroughly entertained and felt I had got more than my money’s worth this afternoon.
Having watched Octoroon at the NT last year and now Appropriate, I’m certainly now a fan of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins writing and will be keeping an eye out for any more of his work in the future. Both productions I found have given me plenty to think about post show regarding their subject matter.
It’s certainly a strong contender for a place in my top 10 2019 theatre viewings at the end of the year.