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Issue No. 1976

Child Selling Plastic Orchids at Night, New York City 1963 by Diane Arbus (Pic: ©1990 The estate of Diane Arbus, LLC)

Child Selling Plastic Orchids at Night, New York City 1963 by Diane Arbus (Pic: ©1990 The estate of Diane Arbus, LLC) 

Diane Arbus exhibition
V&A museum
until 15 January

A major exhibition of the work of photographer and journalist Diane Arbus is at London’s V&A museum. Arbus’s pictures are often of people who have been rejected by mainstream society or are living on the margins of it.

V&A Diane Arbus microsite

Pillars of the Community
by Henrik Ibsen
National Theatre, London
Phone 020 7452 3000

The centenary of Ibsen’s death is coming up in May of next year. The season of plays commemorating his life’s work begins with a revival of one of his lesser performed plays.

This play is resoundingly modern in its central themes of money, power and corruption.

Karsten Bernick is a businessman whose entire empire is built on the basis of a 15 year old lie.

When old friends return from the US this past is brought back to haunt him.

This is a very funny play. However at some of the points when the rest of the audience was laughing I found the portrayals of some characters a little too Blairite to stomach.

This is a beautifully designed piece of theatre. Designer Rae Smith has created a set that keeps the perfect facade of the “fourth wall”, while letting the audience see its falseness.

Kelly Hilditch

Hidden (Caché)
Directed by Michael Haneke
Out now

George and Anne, a middle class couple, receive a videotape which has two hours of surveillance of their home.

This is the premise for a story that has in its background the massacre of 200 Algerians by French police in 1961. History comes back to haunt the characters. Shot mainly in long sequences that leave a feeling of foreboding, this is a clever, thoughtful thriller.

Millie Andrews

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Sat 12 Nov 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1976
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