The Old Vic in the round is a suitably intimate stage for this three-hander. The audience, which partly sits on the old stage, is drawn immediately into the debate about the after-effects of 9/11.
Some Americans in the audience commented that "We don't have political plays in the States now". So Joe Sutton's play breaks powerful new ground in exploring the complicity or otherwise of journalists trying to write the truth of the war on terror.
Ben, the journalist, played by Richard Dreyfuss, struggles in discussion with his lawyer Roger (David Suchet) and his wife Judy (Elizabeth McGovern) as the pressure on him rises. The characters are well balanced. The mobile phone conversation seems to have become the modern soliloquy.
The recent inauguration of the new lawyer-President gives hope for a more honest treatment of prisoners than the one portrayed here. And perhaps this play will now open on Broadway.
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