Review Round Up: Father Comes Home From the Wars, Royal Court Theatre

Pulitzer Prize winner,Suzan-Lori Parks is back at the Royal Court Theatre with a trilogy of short plays which follow one African-American family through generations up to the present day. Here is what critics have been saying about Jo Bonney’s production:

The Stage: **** Natasha Tripney wrote: “The writing is poetic and richly textured, full of echoes and asides, moving deftly between registers.”

The Reviews Hub: *** “Father Comes Home from the War has some really interesting things to say about the inhumanity of this period of American history and the kinds of choices open to people with really no choices at all.”

The Guardian: **** Michael Billington commented: “It may be an unfashionably long evening – but it captures the complexity of a civil war where black Americans found themselves fighting on opposing sides and where, although freedom was the ultimate goal, its achievement was fraught with hazards that continue to this day.”

The Upcoming: **** “Lori-Parks is a playwright unafraid to aim big, taking on the bloodiest stain on the American flag with hitherto unseen verve and humour.”

Mature Times: ” Jo Bonney’s production has a fine ensemble of actors who get it exactly right.”

WhatsOnStage: **Matt Trueman was disappointed saying: “The result is a tableaux vivant: theatre as tapestry. That fits Parks’ play in theory, but in practice, deflates it and tedium is the surest way to stop stories counting.”

The Telegraph: **** Dominic Cavendish summed the production up by saying: “Parks does have something to say, and has found a loose-limbed and lyrical way of saying it. She thrillingly leads the charge for a new kind of “historical” drama.”

Evening Standard: *** Henry Hitchings thought that: “Suzan-Lori Parks’s ambitious project about liberty and conflict, is an epic in its own right.”

Father Comes Home from the Wars plays at the Royal Court Theatre until the 22nd October. For more information and to book tickets visit:




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