The UK premiere of Aleshea Harris’ revenge play about a reunion between a mother and her daughters.
When two sisters find themselves unexpectedly reunited with the mother they thought was dead, they set out to hold the past to account. Royal Court Associate Ola Ince directs. "Is God Is" is the recipient of the Obie Award for Playwriting and the Relentless Award.
'Is God Is’ is weighted with symbolism and potential meanings ... still, for all the thrill of the trip, its mix of nihilism and glibness left me a bit cold, emotionally speaking. [It] might have felt more meaningful if it had taken its time just a little more.
Themes bubble and disperse ... nothing is over-weighted but everything matters. Yet there's no sentiment in the writing, and the performances are also noticeably direct, creating characters who shine brightly.
It misses no opportunities to either send up familiar tropes or, gratingly, remind us of its cleverness. Not all of the violent or comic scenes work, either. But these irritations are offset by its always crisp, entertaining and outrageous script.
The performances have the collective fire in the belly that is called for as they wend their way through various witty Chloe Lamford sets. The play goes heavy on the carnage if not on a sense of respite achieved along the way.