JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN
by Stephen Adly Guirgis.
Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2) Whitehall SW1A 2DY To 24 April 2010.
Mon-Sat 7.45pm Mat Thu & Sat 3pm.
Runs 2hr 15min One interval.
TICKETS: 0844 871 7632.
www.ambassadortickets/trafalgaty studios (£3 transaction fee by ‘phone & online).
Review: Timothy Ramsden 15 April.
No free ride for anyone.
This American prison drama has one character with no hopes, who makes no attempt to help anybody else. HeÃ¢Â€Â™s prison officer Valdez, tough-cop on the cell-block and willing to put anyone down, whether by asserting his power over prisoners or being dismissive of a fellow warder. He can give a prisoner a moment of hope then pop it out. Or heÃ¢Â€Â™ll walk off to the canteen, emphasising that heÃ¢Â€Â™s free to do so.
Alongside this mean streak outright aggression can boil through the sarcasm; he gives no-on