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#300598 Three Sisters - Southwark Playhouse

Posted Boob on 14 April 2014 - 06:28 AM

Inconsistencies with the setting (and karaoke, iPhones etc) aside, I thought this was actually a very faithful, lucid 'version' of the play - much more so than Benedict Andrews' Young Vic production.  Emily Taafe is astonishing as Masha, Paul McGann heroic and tragic as Vershinin.  The dynamics are all there and all right.  But I agree the re-location is problematic, even though it really isn't very distracting.  Much better than The Seagull, for me, but I don't think Russell Bolam is a director to write home about.

Thank you, steveatplays, for yet another thorough, intelligent, insightful and interesting review.  I wish I had your way with words.

#300008 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted Boob on 10 April 2014 - 11:57 AM

No, you have a perfect clear view of the stage.

#298436 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Boob on 28 March 2014 - 01:13 PM

View PostRadio, on 27 March 2014 - 10:47 PM, said:

Tim Walker the Sunday Telegraph reviewer said on his twitter account he has refused to review the show.

Further proving what a total and utter idiot (and terrible journalist) he is.

#292939 A Taste Of Honey

Posted Boob on 14 February 2014 - 03:42 PM

The most important things for a show of length:

1) excellence
2) sufficient loo breaks

I find if these two principles are in force, I really don't mind how long it is.  I could have sat through Robert Lepage's nearly-nine hour LIPSYNCH twice, back-to-back.  But you couldn't pay me to see THE MISTRESS CONTRACT (90 MINS, no interval) again.

#290509 Made In Dagenham: The Musical

Posted Boob on 25 January 2014 - 11:31 AM

It does have a great creative 'team', but it feels a bit bitty - like someone has pick-n-mixed from a handful of the available theatrical elite.  Richards Bean and Thomas have both quite distinctive voices - will they work well together?  Goold and the amazing Bunny Christie have never worked together before (please correct me if I'm wrong).  This would be David Arnold's first theatre score.  Aletta Collins (interesting choice) has been more involved in contemporary dance of late.

I'll be there, and hope it does well, but I do wonder if all these people will gel.

#289292 Medea- Nt

Posted Boob on 12 January 2014 - 05:07 PM

Yes. Dilapidated 30s (is it 40s) mansion. Medea will wear Kate Duchene's dress from Iphegenia at Aulis. Creon will wear a suit. The chorus of women will do a slow waltz while she's killing the children. The roof will start leaking at the end.

#289211 Spamalot To Playhouse

Posted Boob on 11 January 2014 - 02:50 PM

Isn't the Playhouse a little small for Cabaret?  Nearly 200 fewer seats than at the Lyric, where the production started, nearly 400 fewer than the Savoy.

If Kenwright is holding on to it, my bet would be for Let the Right One In.  Although that would be a good show for the Garrick.  The non-stop score would block out the constant rumblings from the tube.

#284999 Henry V

Posted Boob on 27 November 2013 - 01:15 PM

The French scene was the best thing about the NT Hytner/Lester production IMO.

#283306 Nut

Posted Boob on 08 November 2013 - 05:24 PM

i think she's a really interesting writer and it's exciting to see her being performed at the nt.

i won't forget rufus norris' production of dirty butterfly at the soho theatre.

#283185 Strangers On A Train

Posted Boob on 07 November 2013 - 10:04 AM

View PostPharaoh, on 06 November 2013 - 11:37 PM, said:

I'm hearing v mixed things. Intervals lasting well over 40mins because of technical problems, and the first preview (2nd Nov- last Sat) was cancelled. If you're thinking of going, I'd leave it a few weeks.

Yes, it takes at least 20 minutes to get one cast member's ego off the stage.

#282267 Porgy And Bess At Open Air Theatre

Posted Boob on 29 October 2013 - 04:23 PM

What are the bets he'll relocate it from 20th Century South Carolina to Outer Space 2150 AD?

#282066 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted Boob on 27 October 2013 - 05:29 PM

View PostJME52K, on 27 October 2013 - 03:37 PM, said:

I listened to Wogan and thought the songs were nice. You can't really get a 'feel' for a musical from one or two songs you have to see the full production. Some of you on here will be devastated if this is a hit.

I really liked the songs on Wogan.  Looking forward to this.  I do love a good old fashioned cheesy book musical at the Shaftesbury (Lautrec, Napoleon, Bat Boy).

#278784 Fame Musical 2014 Uk Tour

Posted Boob on 21 September 2013 - 12:50 PM

Pray, pray, pray
I pray Fame will go away...

#275132 Barnum?

Posted Boob on 13 August 2013 - 12:37 PM

Would love to see PJ Game again.  Now that's a revival!

#273783 The Sound Of Music, Regents Park

Posted Boob on 30 July 2013 - 03:03 PM

It's set in a house-come-abbey-come-mountain.