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

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

Source: BBC Radio

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

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Billions Star Damian Lewis on CBS Sunday Morning – Feb 19, 2017

Damian Lewis and the Big Picture

by Jim Axelrod – CBS Sunday Morning – February 19, 2017

Actor Damian Lewis (right), with correspondent Jim Axelrod in London. Source: CBS NEWS

Damian Lewis was widely praised for his portrayal of a no-nonsense Army officer in HBO’s critically-acclaimed mini-series, “Band of Brothers.” Lewis has made quite a name for himself playing a number of all-American roles even though, as Jim Axelrod explains, there’s nothing all-American about him:

On the north shore of Long Island actor Damian Lewis is showing us around the fictional home of hedge-fund mogul Bobby Axelrod, the character Lewis portrays in “Billions,” which is having its second season premiere tonight on CBS-owned Showtime.

“It’s a nice spread!” Jim Axelrod laughed. “Some Axelrods live better than others!”

At this point in his career, it’s no surprise Lewis has created another indelible working class character. It’s his wheelhouse, and what he loves most about acting on TV these days: the chance to explore a character’s complexity in a way a two-hour feature film doesn’t always provide.

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