Matthew Xia directs this production of Joe Penhall’s play about race,ethics, sanity and prejudice at the Young Vic Theatre.
Time Out:****Andrzej Lukowski wrote: “all credit to Xia and cast for making this sardonic comment on another time and place feel horribly and exuberantly timeless.”
WhatsOnstage.com: *** Matt Trueman said: “Matthew Xia’s production, though it shows how people dissolve into institutions, is somewhat off the pace, swallowing several key moments and never quite detonating.”
The Telegraph: ***** Dominic Cavendish was impressed saying: “Any production of Blue/ Orange is only as good as its cast, and in all the stagings I’ve seen, I haven’t encountered a better trio than the one director Matthew Xia places on a raised, exposed consultation room.”
The Guardian: **** Michael Billington commented: “Some plays, acclaimed on a first showing, shrink on revival. Penhall’s has actually gained in authority with time.”
Broadway World.com: “its revival could hardly be more timely with mental health provision on the political agenda and the role of junior doctors pored over in detail in the media.”
Gay Times: *** “Ultimately, Black/Orange is absolutely worth watching, but is let down by its failure to be compelling and relevant to audiences today.”
There Ought to be Clowns: “The quality cast – David Haig, Luke Norris and Daniel Kaluuya – all seem to have their acting dials turned up to 12, it all just feels a bit over the top.”
British Theatre Guide: Philip Fisher found: “a powerful and moving work that retains its sense of humour while challenging viewers’ preconceptions and the nation’s attempts to escape its social responsibilities, while providing an excellent showcase for a trio of talented actors.”
Blue/Orange plays at the Young Vic Theatre until the 2nd July. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/blue-orange.