The Chekhov gun is a great rule of drama - like a superhero having a talent, he has to use somewhere along the way. Or with Dorothy's friend singing about only having a heart, they have to follow that through. In the original Half Sixpence, as I remember, they ignored this rule. Kipps went on about having money to burn and buying a banjo. well he had money to burn, but methinks the banjo was forgotten. Or, linking this idea to this production loosely, in the film boogie nights they witter on about Dirk Diggler's, er, talent. We would have felt cheated if there had been ne'er a glimpse. And a piano on stage has to get played. And as for loinclothgate with Cat, I guess subtle camera angles will be the answer, sadly.
Post by danieljohnson14 on Sept 2, 2017 14:43:05 GMT
I mean, I'm enjoying it thus far. Ita a fantastic text and the production is great to look at in the design aspects.
Jack is the standout of the two leads, which I kinda expected based on word of mouth. Though he doesn't say much, he is fully in character throughout, you cant help but watch him. It helps to he is pretty much naked in the shower, or in a towel on the bed the whole time. Its a great performance, with him really going for it in the final scene of Act I, it was great.
Sienna, credit and respect where due, it's a star vehicle role that doesn't demand too much acting wise but having to remember a whole act which is pretty much monologue and she never leaves the stage, its impressive! Accent is good, she's consistently in character, she looks great and when she gets her boobs out, they look great too.
I saw this yesterday afternoon. On the whole I thought it was very good. Siena Miller, Jack O'Connell and Colm Meaney were very impressive. I'm not sure the nudity was really necessary but it didn't bother me. I did think the final act dragged on a bit, but that might have been because by that point my ability to maintain interest in the play was starting to be overwhelmed by the pain in my legs, caused by the medieval torture device which passes for a seat on the dress circle.
Post by danieljohnson14 on Sept 3, 2017 16:38:38 GMT
Watching the show and sitting at the interval, I couldn't help but think how its a good production, but it is pretty much sold out for the entire run, or just single seats left and I just wish that those people were going to something a bit, well, better quite frankly. Apologia has struggled selling, but I thought it was much better than this and deserves much more!
I'm also somewhat surprised that it has done so well, as Sienna and Jack, yes they are names, but they are not A List, first class style names at the moment, so its amazing these two have managed to sell out a run. Although granted its a name playwright and play in a small theatre so that comes into play too.
Post by theatremonkey.com on Sept 9, 2017 21:56:54 GMT
Cogitating on this, but impressed by Ms M breaking the fourth wall - but not character - to ask if someone was OK in the stalls when most of the fourth row stood to let a man out 10 minutes or so into today's matinee.