by Martin Crimp
New York. A film studio. A young woman has an urgent story to tell.
But here, people are products, movies are money and sex sells. And the rights to your life can be a dangerous commodity to exploit.
Martin Crimp's razor-sharp satire, The Treatment, was first seen at the Royal Court Theatre in 1993. It was revived at the Almeida Theatre, London, in 2017, in a production directed by Lyndsey Turner.
Staff recommended: 'In Paris, they're dreaming of New York' says one of the characters in this madcap Manhattan-set masterpiece, and this play does indeed play out like a dream of the Big Apple; in fact, it's more of a nightmare. This is very much an outsider's skewed view of the states, in the tradition of Lars Von Trier's Dogville or Kafka's Amerika. Verisimilitude isn't the point- this is the alien, bewildering, yet also strangely seductive America of the European imagination. Darkly hilarious, and full of great imagery and sparkling dialogue, Crimp has never been more entertaining or accessible than in this play. MICHAEL