Saturday 01 May 1999
A couple of years ago, Eleanor Bron - now gracing the beautiful Making Noise Quietly in the West End - turned in a fine performance as the long-suffering sister in a revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance at Nottingham Playhouse. The director was Tom Cairns (above). Until recently Cairns's interpretation of text was purely visual - he is a noted stage designer - but like many of his peers, he has been turning himself into what the industry calls "a hyphenate" ie a designer/director.
He directed a revival of Caryl Churchill's hilarious study of the gender agenda Cloud Nine, not to mention the warmly received TV adaptation of John McGahern's extraordinary novel Amongst Women. He's back amongst them with a revival of Wallace Shawn's play Aunt Dan and Lemon.
Shawn is something of a hyphenate himself. The author of My Dinner with Andre, The Fever and The Designated Mourner keeps popping up in classy Hollywood movies. He was the quasi-officious maitre d' in Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle, Alicia Silverstone's teacher in Clueless and he and Julianne Moore set the screen ablaze in the mesmerising Vanya on 42nd Street. Too bad he isn't in the return of his Eighties play.
`Aunt Dan and Lemon' is at the Almeida, London N1 (0171-359 4404) to 5 June
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 3 Malnourished two-year-old found being breastfed by dog in Chile
- 4 Bob Geldof offers to take four refugee families into his home 'immediately' as he condemns humanitarian crisis as a ‘f**king disgrace'
- 5 YouTube video shows woman verbally abusing takeaway staff 'because they used green peppers'
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'Beasts of No Nation': Netflix releases trailer of first feature film, starring Idris Elba
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees