Hmm, saw this yesterday, it's OK I guess, too long and a bit pointless. It mostly held my attention and had some nice/funny moments but I can't really recommend it. I saw it mostly for Elizabeth McGovern and she is pretty wasted and not on stage nearly enough (the poster is pretty misleading!)
I sat in the front row, it wasn't too bad and you have plenty of leg room The stage is higher than usual but you can still see most of it. In the classroom scenes there is no restriction really as all the actors are near the front. In the hospital scenes or at the main characters' homes you can see them from their knees up, or from the shoulders up when the sit on the sofa.
If you have seen Hamilton from the front row the view is more or less the same.
There were many empty seats so we moved to row B for Act 2, no restrictions there
Post by Phantom of London on May 22, 2019 23:40:32 GMT
If you going to get a front row seat, try and one to the side, as you have a annoying overhead projector in your way. The front row is suitable for anyone over 6ft, if not you have to take your periscope.
Saying that I thought the play itself was very enjoyable and I really liked Matthew Broderick, which surprised me, as I was kind of expecting the opposite reaction, I have encounter Matthew twice before on the other side of the Atlantic, this is the best thing I have seen him in. He barely leaves the stage and plays a very mildly mannered and docile, but assertive adult educator for evening classes in Astronomy.
You have always have one dumb person in class that asks the dumbest questions such as “is the earth and moon the same size” and when the educator says “they're not” the student replies “but they are the same distance apart.” You then have another pupil who insists on doing appraisals even if it offends, your tutor.Then you had another student who become vulnerable and exactly why I liked this play, as it shows how insidious religion is and how it plays on the core of their central nervous system and really confirmed my opinion on my own believes.
Elizabeth McGovern was outstanding in this. Jim Norton although not a big part, he will always be great in whatever he does.
A slow play which never really ignites, which somehow paradoxically doesn’t drag.
Broderick does enough to keep your interest as he traverses his mid-life crisis which in the end lacks credibility.
Had a £10 front row seat which was not too bad as the play is primarily verbose with relatively little movement, so as long as you are not too fussed about seeing people from the knee down you should be OK.