Post by Honoured Guest on Aug 31, 2017 8:01:20 GMT
Annie Baker's John and the Tricycle co-production of The Great Wave have both been announced for the Dorfman early in the new year, but there was never any public hint of how the NT would "fill the gaps" in the Dorfman through the autumn return of Barber Shop Chronicles.
Annie Baker's John and the Tricycle co-production of The Great Wave have both been announced for the Dorfman early in the new year
The NT/Tricycle might have missed a trick scheduling it for next year. I would have imagined that putting it on during, or straight after, the recent Hokusai exhibition at the British Museum might have made sense, especially since the play appears to be based on an existing play.
Post by Phantom of London on Dec 30, 2017 0:51:18 GMT
I was never greatly interested in seeing this, hence missing this first time round.
But seeing it on several critics top 10 lists whetted my appetite. Liked elements of this and found it mildly enjoyable, struggled a bit with the diction though. But for me the real champion is the show brought in a diverse audience into the National, which is always great to see.
I thought this was great. I loved the scene where the character is deciding between the black woman and the white woman with characters ribbing him and not believing him. It can feel too long and repetitive and it was clear that a lot of the white audience just did not get it (and why they thought they would is another discussion but I am glad they were so open minded). As a BME female I am glad to see theatres-big and small- taking on black male narratives and showcasing some new and underused acting talent.
It has what a lot of NT productions haven't had in the last few years-energy. I think Follies and BSC have given their respective theatres a bit of life that was lacking before. You can do serious and worthy topics/stories without boring the audience to death.
Post by theatremonkey.com on Jan 6, 2018 20:32:09 GMT
Caught the matinee today. The Dorfman finally got the feeling of the Shed, a good thing, and this was the sort of interesting work the NT should be doing.
Sure, it rambles a bit, and I'd have liked to know far more about some of the characters in shops other than London, but oh my it's beautifully acted and the direction and scenic / lighting design are outstanding.
Worth trying to get in for the last performances if you can, I think.
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