New York Times critic praises play by Ghent theatre company

A theatre critic that writes for the American newspaper The New York Times has included NTGent’s play ‘La repise. Histoire(s) du théâtre’in her list of the best European plays of 2018. The play tells the story of Ihsane Jarfi who was murdered in Liège in 2012 for no other reason than that he was gay.

It was the New York Times’ Paris theatre critic Laura Cappelle that saw the piece when it was performed at the Avignon Theater Festival in July.   

Laura Cappelle heaped praise on NTGent’s new director Milo Rau, writing that he had gone from strength to strength during 2018.  

“Before opening his first season in Ghent, he unveiled ‘La Reprise — Histoire(s) du Théâtre (I).’ Inspired by the real story of Ihsane Jahfi, a gay man who was beaten to death in 2012, this meticulously realized production was the sensation of the Avignon Festival” Laura Cappelle wrote.

The theatre critic added that “By combining a recreation of his team’s research into the events with a re-enactment of the crime, Mr. Rau managed to get to the heart of its senseless brutality while questioning our experience of it as audience members”.

The play will be performed at NTGent in Ghent up until 10 May 2019. The dialogue is in Dutch and French. However, English surtitles are available throughout. 

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