York-based Pick Me Up Theatre are staging the northern UK premiere of Edward Albee’s emotional rollercoaster of a play The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
The play caused a lot of controversy when it opened on Broadway in 2002, but still went on to win the Tony Award for Best Play! The way the piece switches between laugh-out-loud comedy and full-blown tragedy, making it an interesting and unique show.
World-famous New York architect Martin Gray has it all – fame, fortune, a happy marriage to Stevie, and a wonderful son Billy. But he’s hiding a BIG secret. And everything changes when he admits to his best friend Ross that he’s having an affair … with a goat.
Albee himself said: “The play is about love, and loss, the limits of our tolerance and who, indeed, we really are. All I ask of an audience is that they leave their prejudices in the cloakroom … and later — at home — imagine themselves as being in the predicament the play examines and coming up with useful, if not necessarily comfortable, responses.”
It’s not my cup of tea really, as it seems a bit abstract and silly in concept but any Tony Award winning play has to have significant artistic merit, right? It’s certainly worth going along to check it out and form your own opinion.
Audiences should note that the play contains adult themes and strong language so it’s suggested that only those over 15 see the play.
Catch the show from 25th – 29th February 2020.