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Theatre Panik – Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner’s My Name is Rachel Corrie

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by Paula Citron.
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My Name is Rachel Corrie
Theatre Panik
Adapted from the writings of Rachel Corrie by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner
Directed by Kate Lushington
Starring Bethany Jillard
At Tarragon Theatre Extra Space until Jun. 29.
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Rachel Corrie was an American peace activist who joined the International Solidarity Movement to support the Palestinian cause. During a protest in 2003, Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer. Whether it was an accident or a deliberate act remains unclear.

The one-woman play My Name is Rachel Corrie was adapted from her writings by actor Alan Rickman and journalist Katharine Viner. The first part shows how she came to be an activist. The latter part is a series of heart-felt emails she wrote home from Gaza just before her death.

Kate Lushington’s direction is a tad over-busy but young actor Bethany Jillard is simply superb as Rachel. Corrie was a gifted young writer, as idealistic as she was naïve, and her descent into the hell of disillusion is poignant indeed.

Unfortunately, the biased end the adapters have written skewers the integrity of both Corrie and her beliefs.

My Name is Rachel Corrie continues at Tarragon Theatre Extra Space until Jun. 29.

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