Ibsen's "love's Comedy"Orange Tree
Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:47 PM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:35 PM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:38 PM
It's a funny play, the first half is 90 minutes and when it ends, it would be quite a nice point to end the whole show. But then we come back for another 55 minutes and what laughs there are to be had dissapear and it becomes like a weird Ibsen version of Indecent Proposal! I must admit, after a long week, there were stretches of several minutes where I totally tuned out in the second half.
Look out for some clunky verse as well, our group couldn't say if the poet character is given said verse because he is not a very good poet, because it spreads to some of the other cast as well.
Anyhoo, it is a lot better than the dodgy St John's Night that was at the Jermyn Street Theatre earlier in the year.
The Billington review will be out soon enough as he was sitting next to me.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:14 AM
The first act is dominated by young Falk, the student poet, who rails against the quotidian life and marriage in particular while pursuing his soulmate, Swanhild, a restless young woman who more or less agrees with him - in a more considered way. The second act is the rebuttal, a series of confrontations in which representatives of the practical world come back at Falk. The scenes are full of intelligence and wonderfully written - I wasn't bored for a second.
The play was originally written in verse and the adaptor has kept it for the idealists while prose dominates among the more mundane folk. Far from being clunky I thought it was beautifully handled. The production is very good and well cast. Mark Arends as Falk is tremendous, a bravura performance, and so is Sarah Winter as Swanhild. Their scenes together have a real charge.
In the end I was struck by the fact that Swanhild - because of the decisions she makes - is a Hedda Gabler in embryo. Just give her a couple of years. Altogether a fascinating evening at the theatre.
I promise I'll find my marbles soon.
Posted 22 November 2012 - 06:58 AM
I agree with all your comments.
This was a good effort all round by the Orange Tree, they are a cut above similarly-sized fringe venues.
Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:31 PM
Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:01 AM
Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:17 PM
It's Richmond - the evening audience was exactly the same.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:22 PM
Quite - I've often looked around and pondered if I am the youngest person there and there is normally about 2 or 3 within 10/15 years of me and then the rest well above that.
I'm glad people are enjoying this, I should have made mention of the Swanhild character who is very interesting. I guess some of you may be bigger fans of Ibsen than I generally am.
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