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#1 Honoured Guest

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 02:07 PM

This is now sold out, over a fortnight before the first preview. Let's hope Tarell Alvin McCraney's back on song.

P.S.  I'm not advocating you buy Tesco home insurance - my post has been hijacked!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 05:24 PM

Five Guardian stars from Lyn Gardner.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 06:08 PM

Yes, good reviews also here and in The Standard.

I gave this one a miss because of "American Trade" being rubbish.
"witty ... both made me laugh but also gave me pause" - Mark Shenton, The Stage

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 06:13 PM

Yes American Trade was AWFUL

But booked for this in my "blind-supporting-all-the-arts-council-funded-venues-way" when the booking opened with the RC season- hope it paid off...!

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:08 AM

A dissenting voice from the independent on Sunday which found it "interminable"
"witty ... both made me laugh but also gave me pause" - Mark Shenton, The Stage

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:24 AM

This is a real treat. It's the fifth Tarell Alvin McCraney play I've seen and it's the closest to a traditional straightforward play but it also has his usual tendrils reaching out in all directions as well. The staging is a luxury bonus in the Theatre Upstairs with the audience sitting in the school hall and classroom and with our nose to the actors in the other scenes. With the mixture of duologues and group scenes and the beautiful songs, you get a full understanding of the characters, their relationships, their aspirations, their histories and their situations. "Interminable" is harsh, but it does seem all of its nearly two hours, partly because while the main story develops at a normal pace and follows a normal arc the play continually adds in new aspects and information to expand our understanding of the full picture. This is another instance of many of the most satisfying new plays at the Royal Court being by American writers, my favourite being Christopher Shinn.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:09 PM

Saw Choir Boy earlier this week. The spirituals/gospel singing in such an intimate space was just breathtaking. And boy, those boys can sing. So good to see a play exploring issues around gay black men. Just wish there was more choir singing. It was so wonderful!! :rolleyes:

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:35 PM

I really liked Choir Boy.  Thought it was a little raw, not only because it was Upstairs, but needed a little refining.  I agree the singing was fantastic and really made the play for me.  The energy of this young cast was impressive, particularly as most of them don't have much experience. A great play and a surprise for me.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:22 PM

View Postxanderl, on 11 September 2012 - 06:08 PM, said:

Yes, good reviews also here and in The Standard.

I gave this one a miss because of "American Trade" being rubbish.

Yeah, you and me both. My supporting of the Royal Court can only stretch so far, his name was enough to put me off after the mess of American Trade!





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