HuffPo Review: World Premiere Stage Adaptation of ‘Trainspotting’ Finds Drama in Drug Culture



The cast of “Trainspotting USA,” now playing at Theater Wit

It’s difficult for me to get behind art that glorifies the illegal drug culture. It just seems like exploitative, easy fodder.

That’s not to say I haven’t been known to pour a nice, big glass of wine and settle in for an Intervention marathon. Because I’m classy like that.

But Trainspotting, which examines the life of a hapless troupe of burned out drug dealers and users, is a whole different beast.

Let me preface by saying I’m probably one of the few people in the world who’s never seen the 1996 British black comedy. Nor have I read Irvine Walsh’s 1993 novel on which provided the basis for the film. So my first exposure to this rag-tag band of heroin junkies is through this new stage adaptation by Chicago-based Tom Mullen (who also directs this world premiere), which moves the action from mid-90s Edinburgh to modern-day Kansas City, Missouri, and titles it: Trainspotting USA. Read the full review on The Huffington Post >

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