Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:17 PM
Oh, I didn't mean Twelfth Night the play isn't funny - like you, with Rylance I injured myself laughing. I meant Hall's interpretation. I found Hall's version hard going until the yellow stockings, when no-one laughed, at which point I realised Hall's take wasn't "Milk the comedy" or "Explore the pathos", it was "We've got pretty costumes, let's focus on them", after which point I stopped holding my breath, waiting to laugh, and thought "Yes, Rebecca Hall is wearing something pretty..." and the time flew by (relatively). With this, that moment came earlier, and after that it got better (Act I of this - even now I can't remember a thing about it beyond one quite nice song and nifty use of a basket. Perhaps only Act I is like TWelfth Night). THis is better than that Twelfth Night, in that it's about six hours shorter and did make me chortle and try to say something (funny that Wright's first play is better than Hall's 80th birthday play), and Aimee Ffion Edwards is prettier than Simon Callow. I meant it's comparable as a comedy as opposed to with regards to quality. That clears things up... I don't know why I'm defending it so, though, because frankly the thing it's closest to is a moderately nice pastry - pleasant enough at the time and that is it. Rylance's Twelfth Night was so good that to compare it to food demeans it. Hall's Twelfth Night was a dropped pancake.