Torch Song TrilogyMenier Chocolate Factory
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The Stage (Mark Shenton) a qualified rave - http://www.thestage....ch-song-trilogy
Telegraph 4 stars - http://www.telegraph...ory-review.html
Guardian 3 stars - http://www.guardian....-trilogy-review
Evening Standard 3 stars - http://www.standard....ew-7847419.html
Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:53 AM
Reading the reviews I’m generally disappointed with general perceptions of it. http://www.whatsonstage.com/roundup/theatre/london/E8831339605662/Review+Round-up%3A+Did+critics+warm+to+Torch+Song+Trilogy%3F.html although I do agree with Libby Purves The Times ★★★★ "Bedella shines as Arnold, whose life we follow over six years with pity, admiration and exasperation as he loses a bisexual lover to a passionless camouflage marriage, finds a new man, sees him murdered, and tries to build a home. In the first London revival since 1985 of Harvey Fierstein’s piece, it is fascinating how it still hits the spot. Legal persecution is over, but stigma endures: politics and Church fracture over 'normality' and same-sex marriage ... But the play’s strength lies deeper, in an Everyman struggle towards honest relationships ... Its brilliance is in demonstrating how fast 'tolerance' runs out when Arnold claims a full family life. We all recognise the social message: 'Be camp, amuse us, have your queeny civil partnerships, but don’t think you’re normal.' Yet we all want homes and all know grief. The most wrenchingly performed, horribly credible scene is a row between mother and son about whose widowhood is worst." I found it very moving and brilliantly played. 4.5 stars from me. Also really liked the harpist Now onto the boring stuff! I was sat on row E, I’m 5ft 9 and when ever anyone sat or lay down I struggled to see. I know the place is flexible but this time the rake seemed really low and I guess it wasn’t helped that the playing area is the same level as the front row of seating
Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 05:38 PM
Although not a huge fan of David Bedella (I had seen him on other things) he won me over in a very complex role. Unlike others in this thread I didn't like the two younger cast members, Tom Rhys Harries (I thought he pouted too much) and in particular Perry Millward, but that's just me. I did really like both females, in particular Sara Kestelman and the arguments that the mother and Arnold had- I've had those arguments- not about my sexuality as in the play, but about other things.
I also thought that Joe McFadden could have been stronger.
The way it was staged was also quite clever, with the back wall going further back as the plays progressed and time and the years passed. Well done to Douglas Hodge.
This is one of a several productions that I've seen at the Menier and again I was not disappointed.
Who dare tell the lambs in Spring what fate the later season brings?
Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:46 PM
Moving at the end. Made me think about how difficult family relationships can be. Loved Bedella, both women and the cute blonde bombshell that is Tom Rhys Harris.
Oh and the food in the meal deal was delicious.
A definite 4 * production for me.
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