Artefacts officially 'opened' in New York at 59East59 on Sunday night. We've had full houses and rapturous responses through previews, so now it's fingers crossed for the reviews time...
Two have been published so far, both glowing. Daniel Kelley in NYTheatre.com rolled out the superlatives in describing the show as "gripping", "compelling", "riveting" and "powerful". Here are the highlights:
"Meticulously constructed and powerful. Artefacts is an engrossing and highly compelling evening of theatre. It features a stellar cast, and a strong play from a playwright whose work I will be excited to see in the future. It's a gripping drama, and well worth seeing."
He also enjoyed the performances:
"The performances in Artefacts are a model of strong ensemble acting. Peter Polycarpou gives a riveting performance as Ibrahim."
You can read the full review here.
Aaron Riccio in Theater Talk was similarly impressed and Artefacts now sits proudly as Top Pick on the Theater Talk website.
Riccio called the show "a political slap in the face" and said:
"Excellent...Bartlett’s writing is clever in the best possible way. Slickly directed by James Grieve...The exceptional Lizzy Watts...Peter Polycarpou’s delicate portrayal of Ibrahim."
We're hoping they're all like that!
The core nabokovs stepped back on home soil from the red eye this morning and are now drifting in and out of jet lag induced somnolence at nabokov towers, but the company remain in the Big Apple until 8 June. We'll keep you posted.