Jasmine Lee-Jones' comic, probing play explores identity, sexuality and history.
Second-year student Jaz is feeling torn. Unsure about her future as a performer, her dilemma is interrupted by an unexpected encounter with history. 'curious' tells the story of two Black, queer actresses exploring urban life across the centuries. From the winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright.
Director Anna Himali-Howard provides a deliberately knowing production. The reach and ambition of its thinking means that the play has some structural difficulties ... But the intelligence and challenge of the writing ... is ... a breath of fresh air.
Back and forth we go across the centuries, Lee-Jones entertainingly populating the stage with her creations, often with great comic impact, though there is an intriguing steel behind her smile at key points.
As ‘seven methods of killing kylie jenner’ proved, [Jasmine Lee-Jones] is a phenomenal writer. Monologues flow naturally off the tongue ... The supporting roles initially feel a little more stereotypical than the lead ... but become more nuanced as the plot develops.