Attempts On Her Life
Posted 17 March 2007 - 02:19 AM
Posted 18 March 2007 - 07:12 PM
"It's not finished."
TheatreSquirell: Emperor's New Clothes?
Posted 19 March 2007 - 09:14 AM
No cat, no cream, no Ming, not setting myself up as the teacher - wouldn't dream of doing that - I just liked Eve's comments, was speaking entirely for myself, that's all and didn't mean to come across as patting her on the head; sorry I disgusted you. If everyone who opposed someone else's view on this board (as Theatresquirrel and I were doing) were in fact pissing on each other, there'd be rivers of urine everywhere.
theatreboy - that's one of my favourite bits too.
Posted 19 March 2007 - 07:41 PM
It's the way that they're used that is innovative - you see the image on screen but you also see the shot constructed and reconstructed live on stage. Ain't what you got but the way that you use it.
For my tupenny vote, it's a brilliant production, with such an evident rigour that makes me wanna mock anyone who thinks it's indulgent.
Posted 30 March 2007 - 11:50 AM
I came out thinking KM had a battle to win with MC, that Ďherí direction was better then his writing. The two just sit together. She may well just cheographed a ballet for all the good she has done to the script
Isnít the role for a director of a play to bring the text to life?
Everyone is so busy doing something, often setting up two scenes in advance that it canít allow you to focus on the current
If I wasnít sat in the middle of a row I would have been very tempted to walk out
The whole experience just didnít feel theatrical, moving , poignant or any other emotion on why we go to the theatre. If anything it was just bloody annoying
On the plus side I was very impressed with Zubin Varla and some scenes made me laugh but I was far from letting out deep belly laughs like other people were
Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.
Posted 09 April 2007 - 10:49 PM
I thought a few bits were great. The tomato interrogation, the car advert, the ABBA song, the woman crossing the border, many of the scattered images and individual bits of performances - but as a whole, it just left me too cold. Also, I can't imagine it's too satisfying for the actors to appear in plays like this, where they're just tiny pieces in a massive mechanical ensemble. I just don't like being so distracted from what the actors are doing - I read one article that hailed it as being a triumph/celebration for the actor, and well, I just feel like it's not. They were very technically accomplished but I never felt anything, except impressed at the technical skill.
Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:16 PM
I've been through the two possible reasons that could account for why I didn't really get it:
1) it's too intellectually complex for my pitiful brain to comprehend
2) there isn't really much to get.
Taking into account my IQ and the amount of theatre I've seen I tend to incline towards the latter explanation. However, while I can't accept that it's a deep and meaningful piece, I suspect that there probably is something there that I'm missing and if I ever find myself on a long train journey I would be prepared to spend some time reading the text in order to find out. But unless you're a huge Katie Mitchell/multimedia fan I'd suggest you give this one a miss.
Posted 30 April 2007 - 10:17 PM
I preferred it to the Waves and was glad she gave up on the idea of 'making sound and showing how the sound is made'. Some of the segments were quite alright, some could be lost without being a loss, especially the last one in my opinion.
I did think it was quite interesting that the point of 'a play not having a point and that being the point' was driven home so intensely in the Review segment. And that the guy who criticised the play was portrait as a quasi nazi.
Posted 02 May 2007 - 11:21 PM
Did anyone here ever see the excellent sitcom Spaced? There's an episode in which a rather well-worn cliche is employed (though to great comic effect), i.e. the incomprehensible 'experimental' theatre production, consisting in this case of David Walliams in Lee Bowery-style all-over make-up screaming gibberish while discordant music and explosions are heard, and someone in the background holds up caption cards with random words on, while dismantling a vacuum cleaner.
Attempts On Her Life wasn't a million miles away from that sort of thing.
... minus the free twiglets
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