SWEET ECA (VENUE 186)
IONESCO'S absurdist allegories are tough plays to perform, and young company Podders Productions make a valiant effort with The Lesson, an unsettling piece about education and totalitarianism with a consciously satirical nod towards the Nazis. An eager young pupil arrives for a private tutorial with a professor who turns out to be a psychopathic bully. Podders' naturalistic approach works in part, but eventually is wrong-footed by the play's non-naturalistic side.
The result is funny, dark and excruciating by turns, though to be fair this might be exactly what the playwright intended.
Until 30 August. Today 8:05pm.