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#1 xanderl

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:24 AM

So, in a week featuring the opening of Barking in Essex and Much Ado About Nothing, this third play gives us a third major car crash in a week.

Did anyone make it past the interval?
"witty ... both made me laugh but also gave me pause" - Mark Shenton, The Stage

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 10:13 AM

I believe in diversity, experimentation & welcome new things but surely there must be some sort of vetting system in place for quality control purposes. How this made it on to the stage i will never know. Come the interval I was gone & looking back up the road i was on others had followed. Maybe it was all about the 2nd half ?

#3 xanderl

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 11:27 AM

It was one of the rare occasions I was tempted to leave part way through act I although in the end I stuck it out till the interval
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 11:42 AM

View Postxanderl, on 20 September 2013 - 08:24 AM, said:

So, in a week featuring the opening of Barking in Essex and Much Ado About Nothing, this third play gives us a third major car crash in a week.

Did anyone make it past the interval?

No. Two of my friends left 45 mins in, me and other friend left at interval.

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 12:06 PM

Saw this yesterday, and we were so tempted to depart at the interval. We had seen Blue Stockings in the afternoon and loved it, this was a complete mess. My partner didn't know the Bacchae source material and by the end of last night was none the wiser, a great Greek tragedy mauled to death by a directorial concept that simply doesn't work. The only character that remained interesting and even remotely close to the original was Tiresias played by Bette Bourne.

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 02:50 PM

I think you and your partner deserve some sort of award for sticking it out for the whole thing!
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Posted 06 October 2013 - 04:14 PM

Two free tickets to something next year please xanderl lol. Still can't believe I sat through this. Please someone explain the Globe's new writing policy that let two fab plays in and then this plane crash. Though would love to hear from someone who liked it.

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 06:15 PM

Not seen this one, but the Front Line by same author was, I thought, brilliant. The globe revived it the following year.

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 09:09 PM

Frontline was at the other end of the spectrum to this, a brilliant piece. Can see why they commissioned them again for another play, they just didn't deliver.

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 11:17 PM

I guess it proves that lightning doesn't strike twice ;)

Didn't see The Frontline but from what you both say it's understandable they would commission another piece from the same creative team. Given how long in advance they announce the season maybe they announced it before it was written? Definitely needed a strong artistic director's hand on it - some severe cutting might have salvaged it.
"witty ... both made me laugh but also gave me pause" - Mark Shenton, The Stage




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