John Gabriel Borkman
Posted 22 February 2007 - 12:03 PM
Billington, by the way, who loved JGB, really does hit the nail on the head about it.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:41 PM
My purpose in noting MB's views was to counter the comment that my opinion was "silly", not whether it was right or wrong, it is just my OPINION after all (I said that, but you selectively omitted that too).
Posted 22 February 2007 - 02:33 PM
"Of couse it is just my opinion - what else could it be ? But in this particular instance (and very unusually) my opinion was shared by none other than Michael Billington who said EXACTLY the same thing."
...from which it seemed to me (and still does) that you were seeking to clothe your opinion in legitimacy by referring to Billington agreeing with you. My point was that that doesn't mean your opinion wasn't silly - his might be silly too - and that I was amused that you were seeking to defend it by referring to a critic whose views you usually purport to despise. Not a huge point - just a smile.
Btw the Times and Telegraph critics loved JGB too (as well as Billington). I must be right about it then.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 02:35 PM
Posted 23 February 2007 - 11:50 AM
I think you are quibbling a little in your criticism here - it would be very tedious if every time anyone said anything here they had to preface it with "In my opinion ....". In future, if I say something like "Michael Billington has silly opinions" take it as read that I mean this not as a statement of scientific fact but only as a short-hand way of saying "In my opinion MIchael Billington has silly opinions".
On JGB, I think Deborah Findlay is a greatly underrated actress - she was a definitvely good Hedda Gabler many years ago (I doubt anyone here except me saw that production) but she does not seem to have been given her fair share of major roles since.
Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:14 PM
Posted 03 March 2007 - 11:35 AM
Penelope Wilton and Deborah Findlay were excellent as always. Was less sure about Spall, though his scenes did come as a welcome relief, rather comic, to the rest of the play. The final scene change was striking.
Very few famous people in the audience, except Hugh Quarshie...
Posted 03 March 2007 - 03:19 PM
(Sorry Skylight. Clearly we see things differently all too often.)
Posted 04 March 2007 - 02:21 PM
Posted 04 March 2007 - 05:44 PM
It started at 7.30 pm and we were out a little bit before 10 pm (I reckon about 9.55.) There is an interval and the second half seems to go at about twice the lick of the first half.
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