It makes for an Iraq-centric end of the theatre-going week for critics, with Sept. 10 seeing the opening of David Hare’s Stuff Happens at the National.
Robbins’ play enjoyed sell-out productions in Los Angeles and New York. For some of the Off-Broadway run, the “Shawshank Redemption” and “Mystic River” star even joined the cast.
The play is about journalists in the Iraq War – the term “embedded” was used during the war to refer to journalists who were allowed to accompany American troops as they marched towards Baghdad. Robbins’ is a cynical view of the war, and American politicians are depicted in sinister terms. The production is scheduled to run in Hammersmith until Oct. 23.
The show features Robbins’ company, The Actors Gang. Author Robbins also directs. Such versatility isn’t new for him. He wrote and directed the movies “Cradle Will Rock,” “Bob Roberts” and “Dead Man Walking.” He also composed the songs for “Bob Roberts” and sometimes performs them in concert with his band.
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