Check out the below extracts from Ben Brantley’s fantastic review in the New York Times of West End production Mojo, currently showing at the Harold Pinter Theatre until the 8th February and starring BEN WHISHAW and RUPERT GRINT:
“Mojo”…turns out to be the West End’s version of a quad espresso, laced with steroids. When I stepped out onto Panton Street after a matinee performance of Jez Butterworth’s 1995 play, directed by Ian Rickson and performed by a deliciously caffeinated cast led by BEN WHISHAW, I felt jittery, elated and scarily strong…[it] seems to dose its audience with amphetamines…it pulses with infectious energy that makes words physical. Those words hurtle, crash and explode as delivered by a dream ensemble that includes RUPERT GRINT in an auspicious West End debut. They’re all priceless. But Mr. WHISHAW — best known for portraying sensitive plants (in “Hamlet” and “The Pride” onstage, as John Keats in the movie “Bright Star”) — is an eye opener as Baby, the club owner’s son. It becomes ever more clear that Baby is seriously damaged goods, and in a pyrotechnic performance, Mr. WHISHAW suggests the sources and consequences of that damage. He demonstrates that for the right actor, there are revelatory layers to be mined within Mr. Butterworth’s flashy language.