Long Day's Journey Into Night
Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:43 PM
Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:03 AM
On a blog I read, it stated that a certain amount of 'tedious poetry' has been cut for a shorter running time.
I've never seen any other productions so I can't comment on any others etc.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:20 PM
Exactly. I saw this in Richmond last week, and was also impressed. I didn't even know this author exsisted (#ignorance, but English is not my own language), let alone the play. I went with no prioror knowledge of the story or anything, but sat there transfixed for 3 hours. I think that speaks for the qualities of the actors' performances.<br /><br />
Having read a post above, now I can agree that David Suchet didn't come across as a former glamour actor, but overall effect of this play was still quite powerful. If you think this play held the attention of the entire audience (total concentration in the packed Richmond Theatre), indlucing a foreigner like myself who didn't even know the sotry, for nearly three hours, that's quite something. <br /><br />
I think I will read Mr. O'Neil's biographies.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:56 PM
...exsisted ... prioror .&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br /><br />sotry, Mr. O'Neil's <br />
<br /><br /><br /> amp;gt;& Anna Christie amp;lt;br /& David Suchet br /&gt;<br /><br /> Apollo Theatre.
Posted 10 March 2012 - 12:19 AM
David Suchet is fantastic as James - another fine performance. His performance will no doubt be compared to him playing Joe Keller a couple of years ago. I'm no Michael Billington, but Suchet sparkles as the once-great actor. He builds up anger wonderfully but then swiftly changes as he realises what he's saying.
However, the performance that was most entertaining was Laurie Metcalf's as Mary. She's captivating - rocking slowly, eyes glazed over, hair slowly being messed up, falling into monologues where she babbles endlessly. The image of her in Act 4 is ghost-like/ Miss. Haversham-like.
The set in also brilliant: Wood-panelled walls and creating a sense of claustrophobia.
I haven't seen the play before but it is funny as well as tragic.
Met David Suchet afterwards and he said something like: 'you realise you've now seen two of the greatest plays ever written?' (the other being 'All My Sons').
Excellent performances from the sons, as well - but I'll leave a better review to the professionals.
Highly-recommended production. Go and see it. It's intense, but extremely worth it.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:31 PM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:43 PM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:27 PM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:17 PM
I also got a call from the Apollo today, they were really nice on the phone and explained that the schedule had been changed from the beginning of May as so many people had been asking for a matinee...Seems to all make a lot of sense. They have moved me to exactly the same seats on the following day. Really looking forward to the show, heard great things from friends who saw it in Richmond...
Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:32 PM
I liked Kyle Soller from The Glass Menagerie at the Young Vic a year or so back and another good performance.
A bit worried about David Suchet, after reports on here, but I thought he had the stage presence to play James Tyrone. Perhaps playing Joe Keller was good warm up for him.
I love the interplay between father and son in Act IV. Now one of my favourite acts of a play. The words of Eugene O'Neill are very moving and then... then Laurie Metcalf finishes a very powerful play.
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