Posted 08 May 2007 - 12:18 PM
Posted 08 May 2007 - 01:20 PM
Posted 08 May 2007 - 03:01 PM
The delayed Press Night for Lear and The Seagull has not been a very satisfactory solution for the situation after Frances Barber's indisposition. As both will now take place on 31 May - matinee of Lear, then the Seagull - it will be interesting to see whether this puts some critics in a foul mood. I certainly wouldn't want to see the Seagull after a matinee of Lear, from a point of view of stamina. It's not all that fair on the actors either. Wouldn't be surprised if there are some more curmudgeonly reviews à la Greer. I have seen both productions and they are certainly responsible, interesting enterprises, without the kind of maverick angles that proclaim the ego of the director. But I wouldn't be surprised if they do not get the recognition they perhaps deserve.
Posted 08 May 2007 - 10:24 PM
Yes, I too get irritated when actors act. Whatever next?
Posted 09 May 2007 - 04:15 PM
I expect to see you quoted in full on the hoardings (or the 'marquee', as some cool, look-at-my-in-the-know-jargon dude had it on this board a few months back).
Job, thanks for directing me to that, most amusing. [Sorry to reply late, am v busy organising daughter's wedding.] I'll charge if they put me up on hoardings! I'm going to see The Seagull in July so will post then and try to outdo my own critical brilliance.
Posted 09 May 2007 - 08:18 PM
You're a regular contributor now- twice in a week! And coated peanuts, your royalties ought to be in the post by now.
Posted 11 May 2007 - 10:44 PM
Posted 12 May 2007 - 06:32 AM
Back on topic... I'm probably not going to make it to this Lear, alas, but I can't help wondering how Melanie Jessop manages to crawl on stage night after night given the de facto slap in the face she keeps getting from Nunn and the RSC. Personally, if I could make it to Stratford I'd go out of my way to see Ms Jessop in the role rather than FB. It's the least she deserves.
Posted 12 May 2007 - 08:36 AM
Posted 12 May 2007 - 09:02 AM
Surely it's no different from reading a tv critic on a show you've missed. I never miss Nancy Banks-Smith's column even though she often reviews shows I never watch because she's always funny and insightful. Samewith concert reviews - you could ask what the point of them is. Some people feel the same about theatre reviews - surely you don't only read reviews of shows you've seen or intend to see.
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