Posted 28 June 2013 - 07:21 AM
That firm hand is what's missing from this current revival. Paulette Randall is the kind of director who has characters moving across the stage to take up positions not because it makes dramatic sense but because it gives the illusion of action. She also seems to lack a clear idea of just who these characters are - especially so in the case of Rose, the long-suffering but enormously strong and resourceful wife. Where Viola Davis was a force of nature on Broadway, Tanya Moody is a strange fluttering unfocused creature who is never quite in the moment.
Lenny Henry is fine as Troy Maxon, the angry ex-baseball player turned garbageman, although he lacks the degree of latent violence that Washington had and which the character really needs. Two supporting actors are superb; Colin McFarlane as Troy's long time friend and Ako Mitchell as his brain-damaged brother. Mitchell, who I'm used to seeing in musicals (Sister Act, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) is amazing in what is, in many ways, the most challenging role in the play.
Incidentally, when the curtain calls came Lenny Henry took two solo bows! I don't recall the last time I saw an actor do that in what is essentially an ensemble piece. You were good, Lenny, but not THAT good.
Posted 28 June 2013 - 09:40 PM
Good play though.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:11 AM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:42 AM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 10:34 AM
I don't think so. I got my tickets at TKTS - great seats, seventh row centre.
Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:13 AM
Also very impressed by the box office staff. I booked a third price dress circle seat on Last minute a few weeks back, and was upgraded from back row of the circle to third row centre stalls when I collected my ticket, so my thanks to the Duchess's staff! First visit there, and what a lovely little theatre it is.
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:01 PM
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