Drama to stand

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Edel­man’s per­for­mance takes in “babysit­ting for rich kids”, work­ing at KFC, a “unique” grad­u­a­tion along with 15,000 oth­ers, and a can­cer scare.

The per­son­able stand-up — who will be sup­port­ing Si­mon Amstell on his UK tour — re­veals an in­tel­li­gent mind.

Un­til Au­gust 24

IN JU­LIA Pascal’s satir­i­cal fan­tasy, which seeks to de­con­struct na­tion­al­ism, Joan of Arc is trans­mo­gri­fied into Joan Rabi­nowitz, a Lon­doner with black Jewish roots. She trav­els back in time to medieval France, re­vis­its the Holo­caust and passes through 19th­cen­tury Africa en route, thus en­coun­ter­ing slav­ery.

Pascal im­parts dif­fer­ent facets of Joan’s char­ac­ter to her im­pas­sioned cast of three.

Rachel Halper and Juliet Dante are re­spec­tively the vir­ginal and in­tel­lec­tual his­to­rian Joan. Ge­hane Strehler i s Joan the war­rior.

It’s an overtly phys­i­cal and un­remit­tingly se­ri­ous pro­duc­tion — and one, at times, I found con­fus­ing.

The no­tion of re­claimi ng J o a n f r o m t h e French far right — for whom she has be­come a na­tion­al­ist icon — is fine. How­ever, all the jump­ing around in time with scant sign­post­ing left me ul­ti­mately un­moved.

Un­til Au­gust 24

Shout-lan­dish: David Trent

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