Theatre in Wales

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Downtown Paradise

Out of Wales Theatre Company , Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff , May-11-96
‘In Mark Jenkins, Wales has a writer who has rejected the tendency to navel gaze and has taken on issues for a wider audience. In Downtown Paradise Richard C. Sharp, soon to be seen with Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, is James, a black prisoner who wins the support and love of Jewish lawyer, Rachel, Amanda Hurwitz. The question of innocence or guilt is pushed aside for her cause – to make him a campus icon and a free man. The tragic ending is financed by well-meaning but misguided sympathisers. The play warns that few causes are black and white. The prison set is a grey area, where victims are not necessarily innocent, the do-gooders not necessarily right, and where the imprisoned can manipulate the emotions of the free. See it!’

Reviewed by: Matt Jones, South Wales Echo

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