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Lynette

Member Since 13 Feb 2007
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#301832 The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Posted Lynette on Yesterday, 09:22 PM

I think quite a few people could tell me what I would find funny, including yourself, HG. What that's got to do with it, I don't know.

Some kind of framing for this play could well be funny. But it still isn't clear despite theatreliker's much appreciated attempt to explain, what the 'device' is in this case.


#301788 The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Posted Lynette on Yesterday, 05:07 PM

Bonkers. Why don't they say what it is. If it is as funny as we are surmising here, it could be a hoot. But I'm not booking til I know.


#301236 Privacy

Posted Lynette on 19 April 2014 - 09:22 AM

The narrative is there, based on a writer who is investigating privacy for a play. There you go, no spoiler needed.


#300996 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted Lynette on 17 April 2014 - 09:31 AM

I agree Rory's performance was exceptional. He is a talented chap and I hope we see even more from him, more contemporary and more classic stuff. He isn't the Hollywood macho o so handsome type so maybe we'll hang on to him. But I won't begrudge him a really good meaty movie role...


#300916 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Lynette on 16 April 2014 - 02:31 PM

Daft, after the interval it really hits home. Maybe he saw the second half last week!


#299072 Unexpected Moments!

Posted Lynette on 02 April 2014 - 06:06 PM

Nope not when I saw it. Sweet.


#299047 The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Posted Lynette on 02 April 2014 - 01:34 PM

I still don't know what it is. If it is like a Noises Off version I would be interested. But an ironically delivered straight version is not interesting. So please tell me...what the h is it?


#297713 Theatre Memberships

Posted Lynette on 23 March 2014 - 02:16 PM

The Donmar has just re launched its membership scheme. Check out the most recent details.  I think you can join for £75 which will give you decent priority booking.
Someone has posted that the Barbican will be giving us the Cumberbatch Hamlet next year so if you are a Cumberlady, then check out the Barbican membership as this will be the hottest tic in town.



#297409 Nt 2014/15 - The Final Year

Posted Lynette on 20 March 2014 - 05:43 PM

Underwhelmed.


#297287 Old Vic New Season

Posted Lynette on 19 March 2014 - 05:50 PM

View PostAlexandra, on 18 March 2014 - 03:49 PM, said:

Lynette, did you miss post no.16?

I'm a bit disappointed. It sounds like another impersonation of the sort he can phone in (and has played twice before), rather than a properly stretching role.

Yes sorry, am usually the last to know ... I too am a bit unsure of the monologue idea. Seems a cheap option and of course he can 'rehearse' anywhere so just slot in to the theatre so to speak. An easy exit. Would have preferred a full blown play. S'pose he will be brilliant but then that's a given. Not booked yet.


#297069 The Full Monty In The West End

Posted Lynette on 17 March 2014 - 10:16 PM

Seems a shame. With hindsight it would seem that this isn't a London show: no appeal to tourists; no appeal to young professionals; old uns like myself ( over 39) saw the movie, ok, loved it but enough; you can't take kids for 'a treat' ; too much competition. Around the provinces a good show is a good show and worth seeing, as the poor souls get so little! And it is is , thank goodness, still a mystery why some shows succeed in West End and some don't. Might be something about how much money is pushing a show until it sticks.


#296073 Donmar Membership Scheme

Posted Lynette on 10 March 2014 - 05:44 PM

Yes, it is certainly clobber the theatre lover season.


#296056 King Lear - Nt

Posted Lynette on 10 March 2014 - 04:05 PM

Would be lovely to be around in twenty years' time when SRB does it again. Here's hoping.


#296053 Donmar Membership Scheme

Posted Lynette on 10 March 2014 - 03:59 PM

HG I appreciate your analysis but don't buy it.

Funnily enough I was only thinking on Saturday night round about the middle of Act One of Versailles that perhaps I could place my dosh better than with the Donmar. I am one of the few who was not impressed with Coliolanus ( God help us if he wins the Olivier award with that performance) and Versailles is awful. Of course I want benefits for the donation. Altruistic as I am and give generously to charity as I do, the deal when you give extra to a theatre generally is that you get priority booking, maybe a programme , maybe a special room away from the hoi polloi for your drinkies (as at the National) and those invitations to dinners, events and so on you can't go to because they are all at a silly time like 6pm......but the only one of which I DO want is priority booking for the best seats. I can do well without any of the rest. The  Donmar has taken away this benefit from me as I now book in advance but don't get the best seats even if I phone on the very first day of my priority status, so what is the point of me continuing to give them extra money? You say, to support the Donmar. But I have to share out my pennies and maybe other places need them more and offer me better shows and better seats. The logic is muddled I admit because more money might mean better shows but there you are...


#295844 Versailles - Donmar

Posted Lynette on 09 March 2014 - 01:12 AM

A huge disappointment. A play so wrong on so many levels, hard to analyse! It was obsolete in its structure, three acts with two intervals and sooooo long. It wasted actors by having them appear in only one or two of the acts; it used too many actors and did not fully characterise any of the parts. It was a waste of talent, money and time.

There is a play to be written on the topic but this wasn't it. How anyone who must have seen Copenhagen, or An Inspector Calls or read E.M. Forster's novel, Howard's End not to mention all the other brilliant evocations of war and guilt, class and so on, could put together this undramatic mish mush I do not know. As a respected man of the theatre, Gill should have known better. And to direct it himself exacerbated the inadequacies where another director might have made a few useful suggestions like cutting, cutting, cutting. Walking an actor round a desk- several times - doth not a performance make. Having not one but three actors deliver very long, complex speeches and I mean long certainly doesn't. Hamlet's 'To be or not too be' speech is about as long as any speech ought to be and we all know it.

The acting of course was very good. I felt for them, especially Barbara Flynn who was shaping up to be a nice Lady Bracknell I thought. But even she couldn't hold it together.

Just to say that in the loo afterwards I overheard a young woman say that she understood the beginning a bit but not the end. If this is the kind of stuff the Donmar thinks will build them an audience they must think again. I expect they will be trawling the telly and the movies for stars to come to their rescue  a la Mr Hiddleston. Good luck to them.

It is a sell out. If this is theatre for some people, then subsidised theatre is doomed. And if it is the best the Donmar can offer to examine WWI then we are all doomed.