Mind Games. "Myth, Propoganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America" by Stephen Sewell. State Theatre Company and Playbox [review]
Bramwell, Murray Ross
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A new play by Stephen Sewell is always an event. And more often than not, his plays are heralded by marvellous titles. There is a cadence to them - "The Blind Giant is Dancing", "Dreams in an Empty City", "The Father We Loved on a Beach by the Sea". These plays sound like operas, or modernist paintings with their cascading names, unfurling like great gallant flags. They also have proven to be large ungainly milestones in our national theatre. "Blind Giant" and "Empty City" both premiered in Adelaide and rate among the most ambitious new Australian works State Theatre - and its earlier incarnation, Lighthouse - has ever initiated. Now we have "Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America", a title not so much poetic as startling in its directness, with its blunt yoking of two countries and two - many would insist - very different periods in history.