Swimming With Sharks
Posted 05 October 2007 - 11:33 PM
I know nothing about this play - what is it about and do you think it will be worth seeing? Do we rate Slater as a stage actor? I did not see One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.
Posted 06 October 2007 - 11:17 PM
Posted 08 October 2007 - 09:55 AM
I have to confess, I'm considering seeing this partly because I've always found Helen Baxendale really cute. And am curious to see what she's like on stage.
I'm always a bit niggled though by plays adapted from films. I don't know why, and I think it's probably quite irrational. Why shouldn't there be? I always come up with a blank on that one.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 02:03 PM
Oh dear: I'd been looking forward to seeing Christian Slater on stage again - but I don't enjoy violence!
Any more info available (without divulging anything best kept secret)?
Might it be much less violent on stage?
(I usually choose feelgood romances - often musicals!)
Posted 08 October 2007 - 02:59 PM
Both really, but more the physical side which pretty much amounted to torture. Yes, it was necessary to the plot but I found it just a bit too much. I was watching it on an iPod with headphones so maybe that made it more immediate. Probably the violence will be more stylised on the stage?
Basically the story revolves around a young ambitious man with the bullying boss from hell. Finally the worm turns. That's about all I can say without giving away too much.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 03:46 PM
Wasn't Spacey in the film of Glengarry Glen Ross as well as Swimming with Sharks? Seems to be his week, film-wise.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 04:44 PM
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should
Posted 10 October 2007 - 01:03 PM
I saw Christian in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest during both runs and have to say I think he has great stage presence
Posted 11 October 2007 - 08:41 AM
Yes, he played Williamson. I thought he was very good in it. He put every ounce of that occasional arch Spacey campness into the line "They just. Like talking. To salesmen."
Although I understand what people mean about Baxendale's voice, I actually like it. And I always thought she was cute, especially in Cardiac Arrest. So I might see it just to see what she's like on stage.
The hacking-off-my-own ears thing would, for me, apply to June Sarpong, whose voice strikes me as being what a rusty cheesegrater would sound like if it could talk. Of course, rather than hack off my ears I'd probably just switch the TV off.
Posted 11 October 2007 - 04:15 PM
I'm amazed NO Forummers have yet managed to see it & write us a few lines about the experience
(even if not giving away anything best kept secret).
(I was very impressed by Christian Slater in 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' -
I'd like to see him in something else - something offering different challenges.)
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