Sweet Bird Of Youth At The Old Vic
Posted 14 June 2013 - 11:37 PM
But back to Sweet Bird of Youth. I wanted to see this as I love Williams and the Old Vic, but the reviews are not exactly spurring me on. Might wait and see if any deals surface...
Posted 16 June 2013 - 01:53 PM
Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:28 PM
Posted 22 June 2013 - 10:03 AM
Disappointing. I like TW and was hoping to see this. Not that there will be any ticket availability now.
Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:59 PM
I couldn't quite put my finger on what made it feel uneven, and two plays in one hits the nail on the head for me. I did like it overall, the acting was good (couple of accents that went all over the place) and each element of the play worked for me, it just didn't gel as much as it could. I think it's worth seeing if you don't expect a masterpiece.
Having been upgraded to a stalls seat in no way impaired my enjoyment of the production either
Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:00 AM
But still, when the curtain came down 3 hours after it went up I was still riveted and deeply entangled in the lives of Alexandra del Lago and Chance Wayne. A lot of that is due to a truly superb production from Marianne Elliott who has found a through line in the sprawl and makes it resonate in a way that gives an illusion of substance to what is, basically, a melodrama. She has two pretty good leads as well.
Kim Cattrall starts off a little shakily - as does her character - and I wasn't really buying her as the self-pitying diva but hers is a subtle performance that grows and grows and by the end she was raging, in total command of the stage. The play ends extremely well, on a dramatic high note, mainly due to Ms Cattrall.
But the story is really Chance's story, not Alexandra's, and in Seth Numrich we have an actor who absolutely embodies the role. Channelling his inner and outer (he looks and sounds like him) Paul Newman he has to carry the play through most of its less convincing scenes and carry it he does. A wonderful charismatic performance.
It may not be art but it's a helluva night at the theatre.
I promise I'll find my marbles soon.
Posted 26 June 2013 - 09:23 AM
Helluva wig gag.
... nite at the theater?
Posted 04 July 2013 - 08:35 PM
I'm really looking forward to seeing this revival.
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