Play of the week: A Time to Reap, Royal Court, London SW1

 

One of Poland's hottest political topics – abortion and the Catholic Church – drives 22-year-old Anna Wakulik's extraordinary three-hander.

Caroline Steinbeis's superb production releases and focuses the play's fierce energies as it veers between vivid interaction and confessional commentary. Not an "issue" play in a narrow sense, it plunges us into the messy predicament of a gynaecologist who performs illegal "procedures" and a 17-year-old impregnated by consensual sex with a priest.

Owen Teale, Max Bennett and Sinead Matthews are brilliant in this resoundingly recommended UK premiere.

020 7565 5000; royalcourttheatre.com to 23 March

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