The Night Alive (New Conor Mcpherson)
Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:24 PM
Some of the most realistic stage violence I've seen in a while. Ouch.
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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:14 AM
After the fearful drubbing Tim Walker (always a contrary sort of a critic) gave it in the Sunday Telegraph magazine and some mixed reviews elsewhere ranging from the enthusiastic to the indifferent I didn't go with great optimism last night but didn't find, as some others have, that the time dragged.
I suspect some in the Donmar's audience may have found the second half in particular not to their taste. Under Josie Rourke it seems to be determined not to play safe, particularly in her second year in charge. Two new plays in a row counting "The Same Deep Water As Me" - did Grandage do much in the way of new work? Others who have been going to the Donmar longer than I have would be able to say. It does seem that the quality of productions is less consistent and more erratic than it was under Grandage - nowadays when it's good it's very good, but when it isn't...
In the stalls last night - Sir Trevor Nunn.
Posted 27 June 2013 - 04:01 PM
In his last couple of years, he did Red (world premiere), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (UK Premiere), Polar Bears (world premiere), plus several new versions of existing plays.
Polar Bears wasn't v well received, but one tends to forget about those misfires of the Grandage years, because is good work (of which there was a lot) was just so good.
Posted 27 June 2013 - 04:25 PM
I much prefer Josie Rourke's policy of cold weather which makes this theatre so much less uncomfortable.
Posted 28 June 2013 - 12:55 AM
After the beauty queen of leenane, the weir and this I'm also starting to think that life in Ireland must be utterly dreadful, something I clearly didn't notice when I was over there as a chirpy tourist.
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Posted 04 July 2013 - 08:00 AM
It's a wonderfully fresh and honest play about real people. It's incredibly funny.... the topics of conversation, the little things Tommy does to get by.
Again with McPherson, like in The Weir, the woman is the extraordinary presence. I've liked seeing them side by side, and I'll say that I think is the better play. It's not flawless, however. McPherson does take the plot a touch too far, perhaps because he feels it has to go somewhere. But it goes somewhere already because of his vivid writing, and dimensions he brings to his characters. It helps, too, that the cast is superb. Ciaran Hinds especially, who give one of the best performances I've seen this year.
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