Review: “a sensitive understanding for Peer”
“He makes the words his own, not by applying his own signature and outstaging Ibsen’s, but by letting them live through an actor’s body and mind. He engages in the text both naturally and lyrically with a sensitive understanding for Peer and his fate; he identifies with the life-struggle and the characters, and doesn’t use his own humour and irony other than to spice up the short summaries when connecting directly with the audience. In other words, he doesn’t use Ibsen to expose his talent, but his talent to expose Ibsen.
The young actor, who has undertaken several supporting roles at the National Theatre in the past year, has created and performed his solo show for school children. He should keep doing this. The teaching profession would have to look long and hard to find a more inspiring Norwegian lesson than the one he recently held at Torshovteatret. He must be given larger tasks within the theatre. His radiance and handling of words is such a natural talent that you only see examples of on rare occasions.”
Jan E. Hansen, Aftenposten, on Corey Conradi’s one-man-show Peer Gynt