Blackbird - Review - Theater - New York Times:
Theatrical as well as emotional nakedness may explain why “Blackbird,” a bare-bones drama by a largely unheralded 40-year-old Scottish playwright, stole this year’s Laurence Olivier Award for best new play in London from flashy and deserving contenders by big-name writers, like Tom Stoppard’s “Rock ’n’ Roll” and Peter Morgan’s “Frost/Nixon.”
Unlike those plays, which deconstruct world events with bright intellectual showmanship, “Blackbird” is theater at its most elemental: one man, one woman, one set and a head-to-head confrontation, about events long past, that occurs in real time. Its characters are not well spoken or even particularly insightful. What emerges as truth — which is less a matter of facts than of feeling — occurs despite themselves.