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Damian Lewis Says New Role Ideal for Era of Brexit and Trump – April 6, 2017

Damian Lewis Says New Role Ideal for Era of Brexit and Trump

by Jill Lawless – Associated Press – April 6, 2017

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LONDON (AP) — British actor Damian Lewis says his latest role as a man in love with a goat is perfect for our unsettled times.

The “Homeland” and “Billions” star is back on the London stage in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia,” a tragicomedy about a successful, happily married architect whose sudden passion for a farmyard animal has devastating consequences.

A verbally dazzling, emotionally draining exploration of love and the limits of tolerance, the play’s new London production drew laughter and shocked gasps from its opening-night audience Wednesday.

After the show, Lewis said the play suits a time when “we feel generally more uncertainty and more absurdity in our politics at the moment, both here and in the U.S.”

“And this is a play where something drops out of the blue sky that’s utterly shocking, that’s unexpected and it causes great uncertainty and not a little trauma through the course of the play,” he said.

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West End Review: ‘The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?’ With Damian Lewis, Sophie Okonedo – April 6, 2017

West End Review: ‘The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?’ With Damian Lewis, Sophie Okonedo

by Matt Trueman – Variety – April 6, 2017

THE GOAT by Edward Albee, Directed by Ian Rickson, Designed by Rae Smith. The Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, UK – 2 March 2017 – Credit: Johan Persson

A married, middle-aged man falls in love with a goat. Edward Albee’s set-up might be simple, but it’s perfectly positioned – silly and shocking and, at its best, achingly sad. “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” deserves far better than Ian Rickson’s stagey production starring Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo, which plays the joke ahead of the emotional truth. As such, a play that should feel like a brain glitch, one that tap dances over all manner of taboos, emerges instead on an even keel, too level-headed by half. Albee’s tragicomedy throws every convention into question. Rickson and his cast cling to them for dear life.

At a moment of crumbling liberal consensus, uncertainty raging like a wildfire, “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” is all too pertinent. Martin (Lewis) is a world-renowned architect, long happily married to a bright, breezy woman (Okonedo). They’re perfect bourgeois liberals, an interracial couple with a gay teenage son (newcomer Archie Madekwe). Their brownstone, in Rae Smith’s design, is a bastion of good taste — Eames chairs and exposed brickwork, a Bauhaus book on the floor. Martin’s just turned 50. He’s a bit out of sorts. And he’s taken up with a goat named Sylvia. They’re in love.

Lewis makes abundantly clear that Martin means no malice and poses no threat. He’s an unworldly, sweet-hearted soul, as helpless as he is harmless. He’s almost too soft for society, an intellectual naïf whose wife steers him through life. Right now, he’s unable to recall simple names or dates, and greets his oldest friend (Jason Hughes) like a familiar face he can’t quite place. It’s as if his brain’s been rebooted. When Lewis pulls up a chair, it’s like he’s forgotten how to sit down. Everything, in other words, is up for grabs.

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Opening Night of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? – April 5, 2017

Talk of the Town

by MailOnline Reporter | The Daily Mail |

Damian Lewis cosies up to glamorous wife Helen McCrory as they toast the opening night of The Goat or Who is Sylvia? on Wednesday.

His new role is a controversial one, with The Goat or Who is Sylvia? a renowned yet divisive play.

But Damian Lewis looked in great spirits after the press night of the new production as he attended the afterparty with wife Helen McCrory.

Beaming broadly, despite the mixed reception, the actor, 46, was suprisingly chirpy at the Villandry, the comfortable and casual grand cafe serving flavourful dishes with a Mediterranean influence.

Looking dapper for the afterparty, the Homeland star donned a fitted blue suit that he teamed with an open collar white shirt.

Meanwhile, Helen looked sensational in a floor length black gown with a sheer overlay that was embroidered with floral detailing.

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Damian Lewis Talks About The Goat on Chris Evans Show (AUDIO) – March 10, 2017

Damian Lewis Talks About The Goat on Chris Evans Show (AUDIO)

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Damian joined Jilly Cooper, Billie Piper, Cam and Hunter Hayes on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on March 10, 2017 on BBC Radio 2. Damian spoke with Chris all about his new play The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? and playing New York hedge fund titan Bobby Axelrod in Billions.

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Damian Lewis on Fantasies, Marriage, and Returning to the London Stage With a Goat – March 4, 2017

Damian Lewis on fantasies, marriage, and returning to the stage with a goat

Gaby Wood – The Telegraph – 4 MARCH 2017

Source: The Telegraph

Alfred Kinsey, the famous sex researcher, had a rule for those who conducted his intimate questionnaires. Don’t ask: “Have you ever had sex with a goat?” he instructed. Always say instead: “When was the last time you had sex with a goat?” Or: “How often do you have sex with goats?” These formulations eliminated the element of shame, he explained, and allowed the interviewee to assume, at the outset, that anything might be considered normal. Continue reading Damian Lewis on Fantasies, Marriage, and Returning to the London Stage With a Goat – March 4, 2017