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#51 AnnieInTheStalls

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:03 PM

I thought this was desperately mediocre; I didn't even find it funny. Bennett says something in the program about "middle-class respectable people", and with the rather baffling digs at the National Trust and the Church of England, I thought he was trying to see how far he could go mocking his audience before they revolted.

I enjoyed Habit of Art though!

#52 Epicoene

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:18 AM

View PostAnnieInTheStalls, on 07 January 2013 - 10:03 PM, said:

I thought this was desperately mediocre; I didn't even find it funny. Bennett says something in the program about "middle-class respectable people", and with the rather baffling digs at the National Trust and the Church of England, I thought he was trying to see how far he could go mocking his audience before they revolted.

Bennett has gone the way of David Hare and is becoming more risible than the people he sneers at in his plays. A fabulously wealthy Hampstead champagne socialist who is so embedded in the theatrical establishment that his plays are automatically produced at the National Theatre but who writes against establishment organisations. I see his partner is the editor of "World of Interiors" - an aspirational middle-class publication of exactly the type he would mock.

#53 Lynette

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:23 AM

It's another one of those ' I liked his early work' situations as with Hare. Maybe these writers don't get the feedback they need when they are established. So who's next?


#54 Epicoene

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:41 AM

View PostLynette, on 08 January 2013 - 09:23 AM, said:

It's another one of those ' I liked his early work' situations as with Hare. Maybe these writers don't get the feedback they need when they are established. So who's next?

It is a common situation, Harold Pinter and Arthur Miller's later work always got produced even though it was far inferior to their early work, one can sympathise somewhat with writers like Arnold Wesker and John Osborne who somehow slip outside the charmed establishment circle and can't get their own inferior later work produced at all.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:10 AM

View PostLynette, on 08 January 2013 - 09:23 AM, said:

It's another one of those ' I liked his early work' situations as with Hare. Maybe these writers don't get the feedback they need when they are established. So who's next?

Mike Leigh
"witty ... both made me laugh but also gave me pause" - Mark Shenton, The Stage

#56 Epicoene

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:20 AM

View Postxanderl, on 08 January 2013 - 10:10 AM, said:

Mike Leigh

David Bowie.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:46 PM

This is touring in the Autumn. On at Leicester's Curve from 24-28 September.
2014 theatre: Blithe Spirit (Gielgud)  Booked: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy)  Waterbabies (Curve)  View from the Bridge (Young Vic)  Birdland (Royal Court).

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 05:52 AM

No-one has reported actually seeing this for over a month, though it's still running at the NT (albeit presumably ending there soon) and is now popping up all over the place, for instance, as above, on tour, and in NT Live broadcasts to cinemas.  I've only just seen it and think it must be one of those plays which gains from a longish run, as I enjoyed it and it seemed to go down very well with an almost-full house.  You could say that was just because it appeals to the typical NT audience, but I certainly found it a vast improvement on Alan Bennett's last there, which I couldn't bear even to sit through in its entirety.  Another NT production reminiscent, at times, of panto in its way, but none the worse for that, imho, if it works overall.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 10:56 AM

I am seeing Easter weekend...so still to go.Looking forward to it. I think Last of the Haussmans also benefited from a long run...sometimes people just relax into a role and the whole production seems to benefit!

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 08:15 PM

I didn't hate it when I saw it last month (it was worth watching to see Frances De La Tour chomping through the scenery like there's no tomorrow) but the overall impression I took away was that Mr Bennett appears to have some beef with the national trust and the play felt like a theatrical equivalent of Midsummer Murders (minus the murders).





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