One Man Two Guvnors
Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:42 PM
Posted 18 May 2011 - 04:37 PM
Posted 18 May 2011 - 04:41 PM
And "through the auditorium"... presuably down one side of the auditorium.. I'd rather he not clamber over me!
Posted 18 May 2011 - 04:44 PM
Posted 18 May 2011 - 05:09 PM
Why would Cordon haters book for the first couple of previews ?
Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:56 PM
Someone did steal the show last night, however, and that was Oliver Chris - a great comic performance there. Good work from Jemima Rooper too. For what it's worth, Corden doesn't enter through the auditorium - he walks on through a door on stage like everyone else. I thought he was OK. This was the first preview so he'll have plenty of time to work on the details of his performance, but I've never particularly thought of him as a "star", and this did little to change that view. He's a good comedy actor (great in The History Boys) and assuming Ruth Jones let him write some of Gavin and Stacey he's a good comedy writer too - but I'm not convinced by his star quality, and a show like this really needs a star. And yes, sadly there is some on-stage audience interaction (later on, not in the first scene).
Judging by last night's audience I was in a very small minority, possibly of one, in not being a fan. Interval chatter very positive. I think my biggest problem - and it is my problem rather than a problem with the play - is that I'm just not particularly keen on farce. The jury's still out on Richard Bean as far as I'm concerned. He knows how to write a funny line, and I really enjoyed The Heretic, but I think he's better when (as in that play) he's got a specific subject he can lampoon. This just felt a bit scattershot and self-indulgent. Again, first preview, so sure they'll tighten it up by next week.
I have to mention the superb band, though - while seeing this play reinforced my opinion that I will never really "get" farce, it also unearthed a passion for skiffle music that I'm sure I never knew I had. I could have watched them all night!
Posted 19 May 2011 - 05:44 AM
Posted 19 May 2011 - 05:57 AM
What's your position on positive comments on a show you've not seen (like the first few hundred posts in the Much Ado thread) ? Saddos too ? What about negative comments about negative comments on a show ?
Posted 19 May 2011 - 08:18 AM
Although seeing as the people I know who have seen it and whose views I respect were not at all impressed, I'm confident you'll forgive me for erring on the side of caution with regards to my opinion.
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