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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

A Mirror

Jonny Lee Miller in A Mirror.

Almeida St, The Angel, London N1 1TA, United Kingdom

Sam Holcroft’s A Mirror is a play-within-a-play that becomes a play-within-a-play-within-a-play, and on the way asks “What is a play supposed to be?” Set in an unspecified, post-Communist Balkan country, it focuses on a government ministry that heavily regulates and censors art. Adem, a car mechanic, writes a play made of dialogue that he transcribed verbatim in a bar; it includes drinking, swearing, and sex. His play is immediately banned, but lands him a mentorship with the deputy culture minister, Čelik. In the role of Čelik, Jonny Lee Miller (The Crown, Elementary) has won raves. —Jensen Davis

Photo courtesy of Almeida Theatre