Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:54 PM
Made me think - wouldn't it be nice to have a new play from Johnson who wrote some of the best plays of the late-80s, 90s but now seems to be mainly directing. And is Phyllida Lloyd going to return to the theatre some time (she directed the original production)?
Touring to Oxford, Cambridge and Richmond over the next month or so - you would have thought they could have found one venue that didn't epitomise southern middle-class comfort.
Posted 22 August 2012 - 08:24 AM
Salford Quays must have passed on booking this.
Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:14 PM
Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:05 AM
Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:54 AM
I know he's directing a lot but is Terry Johnson not writing anymore, or is he just not being produced? That'd be a shame if either.
Another playwright who seems to have disappeared (although recently seen fleetingly on TV) is Jim Cartwright. Both of them, playwrights who, surely, still have an audience for their work.
Posted 03 July 2013 - 06:24 PM
Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:19 PM
Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:13 AM
But it's a difficult piece to assess or even discuss because beneath the apparent mayhem - a curious blend of farce and tragedy - there's a logic to it that pulls it all together but can't be revealed without the Spoiler signs flashing.
What can be said is that it is not entirely successful. The serious side of the play is better than the farce, except when Schiller is on as Salvador Dali. Literally everything he does is funny, his comic timing so immaculate that one never wants him to leave the stage. Fortunately he doesn't for very long.
The others do their best with material that must be a strain to pull off. Anthony Sher is very good and convincing as the dying Freud and David Horovitch does what he can with the straight man role of Doctor Yahuda. Lydia Wilson, a fine young actress, is excellent at the neurosis thing and has several long distressful monologues which she handles magnificently. Other elements of the role seem to evade her - it may be that she's just a bit too girlish for a part that needs a slightly older woman.
There's also an apotheosis of sorts in the second act that is impressively done but doesn't fully justify itself. It's that sort of evening. A mixed bag that ultimately lacks the weight required by its subject matter.
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