Socialist Worker

The Amen Corner

by Amanda Hassan
Issue No. 2358

Sister Margaret, played by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, is pastor of a Harlem church. She confidently leads her family and congregation. 

But everything is upset by the return of her terminally ill, drunken, jazz playing husband Luke, played by Lucian Msamati. Soon everyone is questioning all that was unquestionable. 

Director Rufus Norris brings together outstanding performers, set design and live music in this revival of James Baldwin’s 1955 drama set in New York.

The writing drags in places and can be preachy. But it is redeemed by the complexity of the women characters and their relationships. 

The actors bring this out in a performance to delight in.

The Amen Corner, written by James Baldwin. National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX. Go to nationaltheatre.org.uk

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