An Actor’s Lament*** (Assembly Hall Edinburgh, 14 August 2023)

Posted: August 14, 2013 in Theatre

Steven Berkoff is an undoubted theatrical force even if his over-flamboyance and abrasive public persona can often make him irritating. Here, accompanied by two other actors, he makes an hour-long rant against virtually everyone associated with his profession, spewing bile over fellow actors, producers, directors, writers, audiences and, of course, critics. Written in verse, the play is often astute and funny, but it is also very one-sided. It sounds like Berkoff against the world and the very fine line between lament and sour grapes may sometimes be crossed.

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