Review: Elegy

By John Nathan, May 5, 2016 Donmar Emotions: Zoe Wanamaker and Barbara Flynn Nick Payne is the author of thrillingly, mind-expanding plays that tackle such daunting subjects as parallel universes (in the all-conquering Constellations) and neuroscience (Incognito). He makes fools of anyone who holds the lazy assumption that science is an emotionally barren territory. This latest is set in the near future when it is possible to cure brain disease by removing affected cells and replacing them with a synthetic alternative. Functions, whether speech or tying shoelaces, are saved. But memory is lost. Zoe Wanamaker is Lorna, an Alzheimer’s sufferer. Barbara Flynn is Carrie, her wife, who has to grapple with the dilemma of allowing Nina Sosanya’s infuriatingly clinical doctor to rid Lorna of the disease that will save her…

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