Marx in Soho
Touring Company/PB Production
The Casa, Hope Street
Saturday 20th 2015 (one night only)
Imagine if you had but one hour on earth, where would you choose to spend
Howard Zinn's play sees Marx arguing his case in heaven for the chance
to spend this precious hour in Soho London, where he used to live in exile.
Ironically he winds up in New York Soho, the glittering monument to his
old bette noire
Sergio Amigo's production is a tour de force, taking the audience on
the Grand Tour of the big C's; capitalism, Christ and the Commune de Paris,
with the actor Daniel Kelly breathing life into Marx with an eloquence
and passion worthy of the ideas explored in Das Kapital.
Marx is not dead! This one man play treats us to a vivid defence of Marxism
while espousing that 'I am not a Marxist!' Whilst struggling to sit down,
due to troublingly painful boils, Marx wittily explores champagne communism
in the form of Engels who brings him champagne when he needs food, the
impracticality of being a Jew, especially in Germany and the need for
human rights to take precedence over capitalism which 'turns everything
into commodities'! The latter point being particularly valid at a time
when bankers rule the world and are a dirty word, refugees would rather
drown in the Mediterranean than stay in a war zone and food banks are
a common sight!
Particularly poignant are Marx's thoughts on his family, the heartache
of lost children and the toll it takes on his wife Jenny. Through Daniel
Kelly's excellent compelling performance, we see Marx the man, the father,
the husband, the political animal and the visionary dreamer. Laced with
humour, pathos and political discussion, this play keeps you leaning forward
and full of thought. Marx is right, this is the Second coming - 'Christ
couldn't make it so Marx came!'
Do try and catch it if you can!