Posted 13 April 2007 - 08:21 AM
Seeing as we're into double figures of posts in this thread without an actual comment on the production itself yet I thought I'd be the first, having seen it yesterday. It's very good, with a lovely performance from Anastasia Hille as the woman preparing to leave her home and husband in order to avoid being rounded up. The first 12 minutes are a wordless depiction of her frantically trying to decide what to pack and what valuables to take - I found it a very compelling sequence. As the piece progresses, an eerie and sinister background hum pulses louder and louder, like some approaching menace. The detailed bedroom set is terrific and very atmospheric, really beautifully lit. I had to chuckle to myself at the end when, having gone almost an entire production with none of the Mitchell "trademarks" we often joke about, there is a brief switch into her slow-motion thing. I welcomed it like an old friend, and overall came away happy.
By contrast, it's paired with Rory Bremner's translation of A Respectable Wedding, which is very funny and fast-paced, coming across like Ayckbourn on speed. It's staged in a tiny set perched up on scaffolding. The cast of 8 have to really squeeze themselves in. It reminded me a bit of the NT revival of An Inspector Calls. It works though. If you're yet to see it, due to the height of the set and depending on your seating preferences you might want to arrive early enough to grab a seat further back so you're level with the set.
Wedding is staged in the Maria space which you access from the street (leave the building and turn right), while Wife is in the Clare which you enter to the right of the bar area. I think the 'early' shows have Wife 1st.
Turn up the signal... wipe out the noise