Least Like the Other – Searching for Rosemary Kennedy review: Deeply moving ★★★★★ Irish Times

Tuesday, 16 July, 2019
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Black Box Theatre, Galway ★★★★★

The gut-wrenching, experimental telling of the story of JFK’s hidden sister

This is deeply disturbing art, and deeply moving and humbling. The way it hits you goes well beyond the gut-wrenching details of its now long-ago true story. Instead, it does that thing that good art so fluently does: make us reflect critically on ourselves. And it’s good art in the form of opera, but with no opera pedigree required: anyone could be left breathless by this.

With tremendous power, Least Like the Other produces this response even though it avoids simply converting an already compelling story into a traditional operatic narrative. This was a conscious decision by its co-creators – composer Brian Irvine and director/designer/video designer Netia Jones – partly because they knew indulging the sensational would detract from its enormous themes, and partly because material relating to what actually happened was very hard to come by.

Written by Michael Dungan, originally appeared in the Irish Times, 16 July 2019. Read the full article here.