GoldaÂ’s Balcony review
by: Marcus J Freed - Last updated: 2008-06-16
Marcus J Freed writes about an impassioned and powerful performance, where Tovah Feldshuh shines as Israels former Prime Minister Golda Meir.
Goldas Balcony is a challenging and delightful solo performance that covers the life of Israels best known heroines. Golda Meir dreamt of Jewish statehood and William Gibsons well-written play charts her journey from American immigrant to eventual Prime Minister.
This powerful onewoman performance is given by Tovah Feldshuh, best known for Kissing Jessica Stein and Holocaust. It poignantly captures the complexities of Meirs indomitable spirit as she guided the fledgling state through tough times. From Zionist idealism to presiding over blood stained bulletins and burying the young in war, this thought provoking and humorous piece gives insight into the passion, purpose and humanity of a most remarkable woman. She fights for the survival of the Jewish people and her own personhood.
The Shaw Theatres production concludes with a moving plea for peace, aimed at all of Israels inhabitants and neighbours. This riveting and erudite play leaves us with a final question. The Hebrew and Arabic words for peace are remarkably similar shalom and salaam; and how many bodies are we going to bury in the narrow difference between the two?
A play by William Gibson
Directed by Scott-Schwartz
Ends 28 June 2008
Running time: 90 minutes
The Shaw Theatre
100 110 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AJ