Change: The Upcoming War with Iran
A painful portrait of war
This article is from 2007.
Since 2001, under the watchful eye of President Bush, America has been waging its War on Terror, leaving a country in ruin and lots of radical Islamists out for revenge. So did they learn any lessons from Iraq? Well, not according to this play, which follows the US secretary of defence as he deliberates over whether to scale up the war and attack Iran. As his personal life crumbles around him, will a chance meeting with an Iranian woman provide him the justification he needs? Imagine sitting alone in a room with Bush for an hour and I assure you it wouldn’t be half as painful as watching this. With hammy acting, stilted direction and a dry unnatural script, there is no redemption for this play. It raises questions about how indecision constitutes decision making, Iranian culture, the effect of war, and the need for change but we’re left totally unclear about what this change is. Join the war against bad theatre and give this one a miss.
Assembly@Hill Street Theatre, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 13), 2pm, £9.50–£11 (£8–£9).