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In Topic: Roots

17 October 2013 - 02:00 PM

View Postpopcultureboy, on 17 October 2013 - 06:56 AM, said:

But here's the thing. I didn't find it to be remotely subtle. The obvious characterisation was anything but. As for powerful performances, there are only two roles that the writing allows to be powerful and while Bassett was fine (though her accent drove me nuts), Raine really didn't cut it for me.  
  Totally agree with you.  Not subtle at all - just rather dreary.  Nothing wrong with the performances as such but the accents were all over the place with Bassett tipping occasionally into Australian and Raine quite frequently into American.

In Topic: Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

04 October 2013 - 02:18 PM

View PostEpicoene, on 04 October 2013 - 02:04 PM, said:

Was she ? Good for her. She was in the best production of that play I've ever seen. Odd how some actors seem to have no real interest in the theatre at all as audience members - Patrick Stewart had never seen Macbeth until he played it (or it might have been once) - odd given how old he was at the time.
If you mean the production with Willard White as Othello, in which ZW played Emilia, I wholeheartedly agree with you, Epicoene.

In Topic: Titus Andronicus

27 September 2013 - 10:12 AM

I see that the RSC has a video interview with Katy Stephens on their website in which she talks about her role as Tamora and refers to the play being like a pantomime.  Not my view of 'Titus' but it probably explains her cartoonish approach to the part.

In Topic: I've Never Seen Othello

27 September 2013 - 10:08 AM

View Postmusicals fan, on 27 September 2013 - 09:28 AM, said:

I couldn't face another sighting of Pericles.  It was so bad that I couldn't imagine the Bard had any say in it, and I understand that there is doubt about Shakespeare's contribution to it.  Has anyone seen a good production?

David Thacker did a good production of 'Pericles' for the RSC in (I think) the late 80s - with Nigel Terry and Rudolph Walker.  I haven't been impressed with any other production of the play that I've seen (and some have been very bad).

In Topic: A Mad World My Masters

04 September 2013 - 08:52 PM

View PostMonteverdi, on 04 September 2013 - 07:28 PM, said:

I'm sad Richard felt his time wasted by this production. I felt giddy for days afterwards, from the sheer energy and silliness of the production, and having been on the front row the involvement was not forced and was much welcomed. It wasn't art, (?) but it was a darn fine party, and the cast exuded warmth. Great to see this in the afternoon and Titus in the evening.
Totally agree with you (although I didn't see them on the same day).  I thought the production of 'Mad World' worked well and the Swan acting company is a very good one on the whole.  The production is a lot of fun and it was very enthusiastically received by the audience at the performance I attended.