Home: A Review.
i saw this a week ago and am just now getting around to reviewing because of school. but it was fantastic and has stuck with me so i should be able to word vomit properly.
- it was fantastic.
- full disclaimer: i went to see this for antonia thomas and her alone. i didn’t know the full plot, i didn’t recognize any of the other actors or know the playwright’s past work. i heard she was doing a play, read the tagline and i was in. that said, it was a really good decision because the story and acting were, again, fantastic.
- might as well start with antonia. why isn’t she in more things? i just find myself wanting to see more of her work everytime i see her in something new. i happened to pick a seat that was on the side of the stage where she did most of her down-stage scenes and i was definitely fangirling on the inside.
- the plot without giving away too much: home tells the story of a group of young people who live in a hostel. for those who don’t know (my american self didn’t), hostels aren’t only for travellers who want cheap, quick accommodation, they’re also classified in some countries as long-term housing for people who have no where else to go. the young people in home are traditionally “homeless” due to all kinds of circumstances and find themselves at the particular high rise where the play takes place. the cast of characters includes several residents (some cast members play between 1-3 different people throughout), two coordinators/authority figures in the hostel and a security guard.
- back to antonia: she plays 3 residents - girls from bangladesh, eritrea and london (i’m guessing west london which is where the hostel is located?). and i just need to take a moment to applaud her command of accents and mannerisms. it was mesmerizing to watch. also she has one of the best monologues of the show/one of the most heartbreaking i’ve ever seen.
- the rest below a cut because this is going to get spoilery and possibly long; i’m feeling emotive and i haven’t seen a show this creative in awhile. but if you’re in london GO SEE IT. ends april 30.
i feel so old
i want to cry and laugh. but mostly cry.