If it's any consolation there were also idiots down the front, including crisp muncher, perpetual whisperer and annoying ringtone at crucial moment woman.
I was to the right of the stage and in the front row of the circle/mezzanine last night and couldn't believe 'crisp muncher man' after the interval! He took a good few nudges and stares from his partner before he took her advice and put the packet down in the aisle! Couldn't hear the whisperer from where we were.
There were a few phones that went off, more than I can ever remember which I'm sure can't be right...think it must mean I was 'zoned in' to what was going on - I went in absolutely blind having never read or studied the play before, and was a little nervous having heard of the three hour runtime.
Thought all the cast were very good, and would agree on the 'Lynchian'/Twin Peaks* comment above - I really enjoyed it, but wouldn't necessarily want to see it again in this set-up. I'll settle for the one visit.
* Sticking with a television theme, that completes my McNulty and Bunk spotting having seen Dominic West in Butley back in 2011. What to do next?!
I wanted to love it and never quite got there. The play is all about subtext, and the production seems to go to very great lengths to underline every last piece of subtext with a red felt-tip pen. The music, in particular, is lovely, but it's also too much. This play is more moving if the directors don't leave the audience a trail of crumbs telling them what they should be feeling in every big emotional moment. A couple of the central performances, too, could use a more restrained approach - Wendell Pierce starts Willy Loman's slowly-developing breakdown too far up the scale, and doesn't leave himself far enough to go in the play's later scenes, and the final confrontation between Willy and Biff is too overwrought on both sides. That scene can be an emotional earthquake, and here - for me - it just wasn't.
I liked the set, I liked most of the supporting actors, and everybody involved clearly loves the play. Sharon D. Clarke is superb, and not coincidentally never falls into the go-big-or-go-home trap that ensnares some of her colleagues. Those really BIG performances from Mr. Pierce and Mr. Kene may well work better in the Piccadilly than they did for me from row F in the Young Vic - but still, the production surrounding them is a bit too heavy-handed for my taste.
I finally got to see this this week thanks to the £10 Thursday releases and so glad I got to go before the transfer. Thought it was wonderful! From reading here sounds like I was lucky for this to be my introduction to the play, and I have to say after some of the other Arthur Miller plays this year I was a bit trepidatious but in my opinion it absolutely lived up to all the hype & raves.
I enjoyed this one so much I want to see it again, both this production and others. I think it would be so interesting to see different interpretations of this moving story.
Was there last night too, looked like Arinzé Kene was comforting Sharon D Clarke at curtain call, she seemed quite emotional (unsurprisingly!) - a really great production.
It was the other way around for the last night. Arinze lost it before the end and stood sobbing while Sharon did her best to complete the sung conclusion. Loud sobbing from the audience had set in earlier. Particularly emotional evening.
It was, inevitably, more honed than earlier in the run.This was so rounded, so complete; the writing and the creatives doing complete justice to each other. Difficult to imagine seeing a better version.
think it must mean I was 'zoned in' to what was going on
Yeah, I've discussed this on the bad behaviour thread - there is no way I was always this sensitive. Crisp muncher though was clearly dragged along for the ride and wanted to be watching Stranger Things at home.