The Effect - Lucy Prebble, Billie Piper, Rupert Goold, Cottesloetix restricted
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:45 PM
Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:43 AM
Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:14 AM
The production is excellent. The play? It should have been given another rewrite. Lucy Prebble writes great dialogue and strong dramatic scenes. She is also very funny. What she doesn't do well is structure. As in Enron, the play really ends about twenty minutes before the lights finally go out. So the aftertaste is of a long slow fade out in which all the energy of the main action is allowed to drain off into a soupy sludge of scenes which attempt to resolve things but, in fact, only complicate them.
The issue of the piece - the pharmaceutical industry's destructive drive to medicate depression by stimulating an artificial excitement that might even be mistaken for love - is dealt with intelligently. There is a lot of very good argument, mainly from the two doctors, Stille and Goodman-Hill. The argument is illustrated by two test subjects, Piper and O'Neill, and the scenes with them are entertaining and intriguing. The actors are a credible couple. O'Neill especially is a larger than life character and totally engaging. He has a musical number in Act One where he tap dances - again, on the coffee tables - to a Frank Sinatra record that is the highlight of the evening. But what does it say about a play of ideas when this is the case?
Someone mentioned not quite getting what the author was trying to say and I share that feeling. In the end I was more confused than enlightened. But I was not bored, so there is that. And four wonderful performances.
I promise I'll find my marbles soon.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:31 AM
Rupert Goold was sitting in the middle of the second row pit (in my line of sight) and at several instances he mouthed the words along with the characters. Was that ever distracting!
Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:14 PM
Cottesloe has a fantastic year as far as I am concerned, Curious Incident, This House and now this.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:06 AM
Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:35 AM
Don't get too attached, it'll be closing for a couple of years soon!
Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:02 AM
Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:12 AM
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