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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

Source: The Goat Play and AP

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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Damian Lewis is making a wonderful comeback to the West End in Albee’s ‘The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?’, Fan Fun with Damian Lewis, October 20, 2016

Damian Lewis returns to the West End in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

by Damianista, Fan Fun with Damian Lewis, October 20, 2016
source: Hollywood Reporter

Source: Hollywood Reporter

We have been rolling drums for a while now but in case you missed it Damian Lewis is making a wonderful comeback to the West End, just two years after storming American Buffalo along with John Goodman and Tom Sturridge, in the new revival of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal HaymarketThe Goat is arguably the most provocative and controversial play by Albee who unfortunately passed away in September at the age of 88.

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