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.