Americans Zack and Abby are bright, young and recently married. He's a doctor combatting infant disease. She's an actress, who also teaches yoga. It's just before Christmas and they're living the expat high life in bohemian Belleville, Paris.
It's all a little too perfect.
Amy Herzog's Belleville was first produced at Yale Repertory Theatre in 2011, and transferred to New York Theatre Workshop in 2013. The play received its UK premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in December 2017, in a production directed by Michael Longhurst.
'The beauty of Belleville is that while it arrives at a place of horror, which in lesser hands might smack of implausible melodrama, it never slackens its grip on truth… what makes it so disquieting – and accomplished – is that we’re witness to the accumulative power of subtle nudges – each eggs the other on, wittingly and unwittingly, towards a primeval forest of fear, hurt and rage'Telegraph
'A psychological thriller dressed up as a sitcom… the tension keeps ratcheting up'The Times
'At times it’s hard to watch, but impossible to tear your eyes away… a heart-wrenching, stomach-churning portrayal of a marriage in crisis'Radio Times
'An exacting look at American millennials… an emotionally enervating psychological thriller [in which] Herzog ratchets the tension from homely to horror with real integrity and restraint'Whatsonstage.com
'Riveting… a Hitchcockian study in physical and emotional displacement'The Arts Desk
'Exerts a potboilerish grip on your attention and doesn’t let go'Time Out
'A quietly devastating play... Both a perceptive drama depicting the sudden fraying of a young marriage and a nail-biting psychological thriller... Belleville is among the most suspenseful plays I've seen in years.'New York Times
'Masterly... Among the new crop of young American playwrights, Herzog is in a class by herself.'Time
Cast: 2f 2m
Staging:Single built set (a one-bedroom apartment)
Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books
7 Dec 2017Size: 198mm x 129mm
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