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Mathew

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#287875 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted wickedlover on 29 December 2013 - 12:17 PM

Really getting annoyed about theatres deciding to jump on the popcorn wagon....like, really they have the "please open noisy sweet wrappers now" announcements, yet they have now started selling the food of Satan (over-dramatic I know, but it explains my anger over it)

Was at the theatre with a friend last month and I actually had to take the popcorn off her, she understood how annoying it was after she didnt have her own munching to drown out the sound of those around us...just too bad I couldnt do that to everyone around me.

Can people not actually go 2 hours without eating...was at Wicked in London last month, and a woman in the row behind me had a burger...the fact I saw the same woman in the foyer 45 minutes before, intrigues me to wonder how long she even had the burger in her bag for...the smell suggested several days.

I just don't understand why people feel the need to purchase the most noisy food they can find (the only shows I could accept popcorn at are Pantos), or smuggle in the most disgusting, I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds this off-putting.


#287867 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted cat123 on 29 December 2013 - 11:26 AM

Don't talk during the overture or I will want to slap you!!!

It can't just be me who thinks the show starts the moment the lights go down regardless of whether there are actors on stage or not, can it?


#282016 A Doll's House - Young Vic & Duke Of Yorks

Posted Nicholas on 26 October 2013 - 11:34 PM

Well then.

I've already commented once, and have this to add.  A few years ago, when I'd occasionally go to the theatre but before I was a theatregoer, I saw two shows (in my memory in quick succession, in reality a year apart) which both knocked me one for six and made me realise that if the medium could affect me as much as these two shows did I must become a theatregoer.  When anyone asked, I'd cite those two shows as the best I'd ever seen.  That feeling was the feeling I had upon leaving A Doll's House at the Young Vic - affected, enlightened, educated, blown away - which was all the more affecting as my theatrical knowledge and experience is so much greater than those years ago.  With my memories so perfect, I was a little trepidatious at the idea of going again, since as Rory Kinnear said in his platform when you see a show again you become more aware of the mechanics and notice the faults.  But I decided I had to go, I'd feel terrible knowing that I missed something as powerful as this (even having already seen it once).  Could it live up to expectations?

My God, it surpassed them.  Just as last time, I jumped to my feet the second the applause started and then, when the lights went up and I was myself again, I could hardly feel my legs.  I still don't know how a show can physically affect my nerves so much and get under my skin like that, but this did.  It was that stunning, that powerful.  Perfection intellectually and emotionally - tears in my eyes for the entirity of act three.  If I noticed anything different it was little touches that must have passed me by the first time (there was one moment when, when talking to Torvald, there's an almost unnoticable change in Nora's voice that's very much a girl as opposed to the woman she was when talking to Kristine that's just superlative acting).  On the way back I couldn't read or listen to music, I just relived the show and all its emotional rigours in my mind.  And I know I will for the next few days.  I both want to see every show on offer and feel that I've peaked and anything, after this, will disappoint.  If you missed it, go to New York.  I might.

So, hyperbole schmyperbole and subjectivity schmubjectivity.  You can disagree with me, and I know some people here will.  But this is my opinion.  This is the greatest production I have ever seen, and Hattie Morahan's performance the greatest performance I have ever seen.


#270221 Merrily We Roll Along @ Menier & Pinter

Posted Cactus on 25 June 2013 - 06:36 PM

View PostKevinUK, on 25 June 2013 - 06:17 PM, said:

I didn't see anything special about it.
There are dozens of references to what happens earlier in their lives and later in the show in the lyrics, score and plot. We meet people who are broken and whose relationships are broken and watch how they fell apart by seeing their lives unravel. We see the consequences before seeing the actions and the hopes and objectives behind their actions, and we judge them before we know what even happened. At the very end we see the start of everything and we experience people who have no idea what's about to happen to them, who share things with each other they'll use against each other and who set out to do things that will eventually destroy them with the best intentions. It may not have been the right show for you personally for some reason but it is special, it's incredibly clever and heartbreaking and the vast majority of people whose reactions I've heard were deeply touched by the current production.