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Coated peanut

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#297749 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Coated peanut on 23 March 2014 - 06:06 PM

I had to shush someone in an otherwise well-behaved audience at the ROH and got a "Oh for ****'s sake" for my effort, but he did shut up for the rest of the performance so I count that as a win.


#292721 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Coated peanut on 13 February 2014 - 12:54 AM

View PostHonoured Guest, on 12 February 2014 - 05:24 PM, said:

Yes, that's standard behaviour at first nights of operas. Of course, it's still bad behaviour in the opinion of many people.

The staging for the new Don Giovanni production at the ROH also got some (deserved in my opinion) boos. Projections can be fine, but not when it results in a nearly static performance. And cutting off an essential bit of the 'story' / score is just silly.

Good singing though, which was duly applauded.


#290101 King Lear - Nt

Posted Coated peanut on 21 January 2014 - 11:45 PM

There were some decent-ish bits in the production, but overall it really left me cold. It's rare that I'd happily cheer the lot of them dying in a freak accident with a threshing machine.

I never realised how important it is to get the role of Edmund right until I saw this production and I'm sick to my back teeth of the army fatigues and cheap suit brigade. Did the NT sign a contract with an army surplus store and purveyor of suits for second hand car salesmen? At least it wasn't shell suits, so I guess they are saving that for their next Shakespeare production.


#277609 Edward II- NT Olivier

Posted Coated peanut on 09 September 2013 - 11:48 PM

I've been thinking about this for a while now, and decided that I'm in the it-wasn't-anywhere-near-perfect-but-I-liked-it camp. Not normally a fan of multimedia, but the projections mainly worked for me. Could have done with Gaveston being less pseudo American and signifiers other than skinny jeans for gay men. But the acting was great, I liked the ramshackle set and mixed costumes (oh so much better than grey suits, shell suits *shudder* or camouflage) and Lancaster's hairdo has won my 'best haircut of 2013' award by a mile.

the one thing that really wasn't clear to me was the passage of time (it all felt like a breathles now now now) and I wish that instead of using a small woman, they could have used a child actor who possibly gets swapped out with an older actor with enough of a babyface to pass as adolescent and plenty of acting chops for the last scene. Would resolve the annoying casting and create some indication that time has passed....

ETA:
Tim Walker's review is hilariously bad. As a critic in London he's not managed to see anything worse than this? Does he not go to theatre very often? Someone should tell him that the golden goblets on the table were not real gold before he gets too excited about the cost of the production.

Most of the commentators on the thread for his 'column' would make more insightful reviewers.


#272351 Single Theatre Goers

Posted Coated peanut on 14 July 2013 - 08:49 PM

I do the same thing, and if someone else tags along, lovely and hassle free. They need to cancel last minute - no problem, it's their own ticket. Also takes care of the annoying issue of collecting money of friends who thought tickets are acquired by the magic fairy. Hated having to chase down people for money, especially if it goes into the hundreds because they haven't paid for months and months.


#264126 Attracting A Younger Crowd To Theatre

Posted Coated peanut on 02 May 2013 - 06:15 PM

I'm never quite sure why there is an obsession with having a young audience. Most people I know started going to the theatre in their 30s, if you'd asked me to go and sit through an opera when I was 25 I would have laughed, now I can't get enough of it. If you asked me to go to Glastonbury now, I would cry with the memory of mud and other stuff I don't like anymore.

Going a few times as a child with parents of school is a good start, but probably won't lead to teenagers spending their allowance on theatre tickets.

I think theatres need to relax a little and not worry to much about the age group between 16-25. Have some decent and affordable kids shows, tell schools if they are booking something age-inappropriate and hope that people earn enough to afford the odd ticket when they've outgrown clubbing/partying/hyperactivity and the need to constantly hang out in large groups







#264123 Othello

Posted Coated peanut on 02 May 2013 - 05:53 PM

I seem to be in the minority on this Othello, and generally feel that Kinnear is much better at farce than Shakespeare.

Overall it felt like an Othello for the service industry. There was no power to the play, and no real sense of betrayal. The sequence of actions was clear enough, but I really didn't feel that squaddies with handkerchiefs were a revelation, or believable. The female roles really don't work in a hyper realistic setting, since that level of demure servility just doesn't translate unless the play is about domestic violence of a long term abused partner, why on earth would a soldier lady serve as a maid-type character to a slightly elevated squaddie's civilian wife, etc, etc

To me, the play was about a fairly snivelling Iago who wasn't interesting or complex enough to hold my interest. It would still be nice to see Adrian Lester in Othello one day....

By the time time Cassio was told that he now rules Cyprus, I couldn't help thinking that Cyprus would have him for breakfast.


#258502 Really Useful Group

Posted Coated peanut on 14 March 2013 - 11:42 PM

Throw in a couple of chants about silly booking fees and I'll bring a hamper with individually wrapped sweets, popcorn and other theatre-inappropriate snack based food items.