I Heart Huckabees
Directed by David O Russell
When failing environmentalist Albert hires the Existential Detective Agency to explain a not very strange coincidence, chaos erupts as rival philosophical firms compete to “solve” the lives of the various characters with Eastern transcendentalism or French nihilism.
Underneath the comedy is a real attempt, from a US liberal viewpoint, to deal with political despair. The point of I Heart Huckabees is how to use philosophy to change the world.
Romeo and Juliet
Playhouse Theatre, London, until 5 March
The classic story of Romeo and Juliet has taken a slightly odd turn as it has been adapted and performed by a group of Icelandic actors and acrobats.
It’s performed in English with some Icelandic, and a trapeze and diving boards. There’s humour, drama, music and gymnastics. It’s beautifully performed without a dull moment. I definitely recommend this for a fun night out – even for those of you who don’t speak Icelandic.
For details phone 0870 060 6631
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