Review: As Is, Trafalgar Studios

Published in Exeunt on July 10, 2015

The contextual penumbra around this revival of As Is, William M. Hoffman’s 1985 play, is almost as vivid as the content of the work itself. It’s billed as “the first AIDS play” – Hoffman wrote it, a programme note explains, “as a sort of therapy” in the early Eighties; a gay man in New York, he was surrounded by dying friends. It was an award-winning hit, transferring to Broadway and coming to London 1987. Yet in the UK, it hadn’t been revived since until 2013, when Andrew Keates staged it at the Finborough. Continue reading “Review: As Is, Trafalgar Studios”