Al Smith's new play comically explores the chasms and connections between three strangers.
Three forces collide on a Bolivian salt flat. A UK doctor and an American mogul have big plans for the land. In the middle of those battling egos and ambitious plans are the indigenous population. They must choose to whom they will entrust the land they have protected for years. Al Smith was most recently nominated for the Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright Award for the play "Harrogate". Directed by Hamish Pirie.
The play deserves consideration for reasons other than those being afforded it just now, and one wonders whether Smith will take this opportunity to work on changes that are about more than simply replacing a single letter in someone’s surname.
After this bad start, and quite a jinxed series of previews, Rare Earth Mettle is even worse on stage than it was on the page...Smith’s writing is disappointingly functional, often banal and uninteresting.