I was there last night, as well. Def the time of year for last-minute bargains, and there were spaces.
As for the work; without being over-burdened with story it's a study of working class America somewhere on the timeline from the origins of populism (arguably the early 1980s) to Trump's election - here we were around the Millennium. The landscape is well populated, the characters and themes are appropriately painted. I would probably have felt a little disappointed at the lack of ideas except, in the end, what quietly but strongly emerges is the seemingly helpless reality and utter sh*tshow of life in those 'left behind/out' communities. Themes were sometimes troweled on but the strand of working class set against working class was well made.
Incidentally, my mind wandered at one point and I could absolutely see Girl From the North Country in this 110-year old, still original theatre. Lovely indeed.
This was a bit pick your jaw off the floor, thought it was powerful, beautifully written, acted and directed and the final scene took me quite by surprise. Grim and gloomy is usually my bag so this was just right for me. It felt very real, that these were actual people saying things real people say. It had that authenticity when you're frustrated by how people are acting and at the same time you understand why they are. Didn't see it as the Donmar as wasn't very fussed and then finally persuaded by the reviews on here and the fact that I knew someone backstage working on it, it was wonderful to see something like this and be able to say just how good it was to someone involved. This is the kind of thing that reinforces when I love going to the theatre.
Made a return visit last night after loving it at the Donmar and it was every bit as good. Took my mum too who hasn’t seen many plays and she loved it. Interesting to see it all play out knowing the conclusion this time. Not full by any means but a very engaged audience.
Post by theatremonkey.com on Jul 10, 2019 10:11:35 GMT
It is a bad season - and has been going on for months. One major issue is that a very few shows and big concerts - both present and future, are sucking a lot of cash. People used to go 3 or 4 times a year, but are now going once or twice due to cost or taking the attitude "rather see less from better seats."
If you're telekinetic and you know it, clap my hands.
Post by juicy_but_terribly_drab on Jul 20, 2019 21:31:17 GMT
Loved this just as much as Rosmersholm today. Two very different plays but both well acted with very affecting moments. The fight scene at the end was surprisingly brutal and visceral and flawlessly executed which was great since I usually find stage fighting to feel a little anti-climactic.
I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times, in my entire life, that I've stage doored, yet I found myself lurking outside the Gielgud Theatre on a lovely sunny afternoon.
In my head I'd worked out exactly what I was going to say to Martha Plimpton, but when the time came, nerves got the better of me, and all I managed to blurt out was, "Would you mind?" Little did I know, watching Running on Empty all those years ago, that I would one day be asking one of the stars for her autograph.
Interested in theatres as much as theatre, and business as much as show!