Saturday, September 13, 2008

LONDON: Piaf (Donmar Warehouse) - 9/13/08

Donmar Warehouse's revival of Pam Gems' "Piaf" is a triumph. The success of the production is attributable solely to Elena Rogers' seductive, unstoppable performance as Piaf. I saw Ms. Rogers last year as Evita last year and was impressed, but nothing could have prepared me for the majesty and intensity of her performance here; particularly, the delivery of her musical "interludes" (this is not a musical) has a rawness and muscularity that is simply unforgettable. Despite some cliched writing, the production is efficiently directed and Rogers is provided with able support by the rest of the cast.

Rating: **** (out of *****)

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