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28 September 2007


We The People - preview

Rowena Loverance bears witness to the unveiling of the American constitution

There are good reasons for going to We The People, the last play of The Globe's 2007 season – but an enjoyable night out at the theatre is sadly not one of them
  • Eric Schlosser's dramatisation of the long hot summer of 1787 in Philadelphia, during which the Founding Fathers thrashed out the USA constitution, is barely a play at all, rather an animated version of the notes kept by James Madison, interspersed with a few light distractions of wine, women and song

  • It provoked in your reviewer a familiar bout of self-questioning about whether or not a review would be of interest to Friends
  • Does it matter that something is 'bad art' so long as it deals with important subject matter? Can even a poor play present familiar material in a fresh guise?

    Rowena Loverance

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