Posts tagged "theatre for those who spell it british"
another post while on the road
Stratford is just generally kicking some serious ass this year. There are hardly any celebrity-style performances—everything is very much small devoted casts doing phenomenal jobs and working incredibly hard.
In short: I saw their Merchant this morning in which they met the what-to-do-with-this-play-post-Holocaust question head on by setting it in the late thirties in Italy. Jessica’s desire to blend in with the “Christian” set becomes a very real fear for her own safety—the actress reappeared with a peroxide blonde wig when she turned up with Lorenzo in Belmont, completely kitted out to “pass” and then flinching when all the aful anti-semitic things are said about her father….but flinching secretly and in terror. Her and Lorenzo’s “love scene” was also consistently interrupted by fascist/Nazi bulletins on the radio, no matter what channel they switched to.
I also just saw Blithe Spirit, the Noel Coward play, done incredibly well. Apparently the director knew Coward before he died and so told the cast all sorts of tidbits he heard direct from the horse’s mouth, so to peak.
Measure for Measure and Romeo and Juliet tomorrow, Waiting for Godot on Sunday.
cinquespotted asked: Top six stage plays period?
I’m eliminating Shakey for the moment
- History Boys (Bennett)
- Pygmalion (Shaw)
- Rock and Roll (Stoppard)
- M. Butterfly (Hwang)
- Lonesome West (McDonagh)
- Antigone (Carson as translator)
polytropic-liar asked: Top five movies that were adapted from stage plays?
- The History Boys (Alan Bennett)
- Amadeus (Paul Schaffer)
- Julie Taymor’s Titus (Shakespeare)
- The Children’s Hour (Lillian Hellman)
- Private Lives (Noel Coward)
my take on Much Ado
A response in three parts.
In case it has not been clear to anyone following me—though I actually doubt that anyone’s missed this particular boat—I have seen/see/will see a LOT of Shakespeare productions in my life. I went to my first Shakespeare play in a diaper—not out of fetish, it was chronologically appropriate. And in high school I started a summer theatre group for urban teens—of which I was one—to put on productions of Shakespeare. (We rehearsed in the local park without any promise of a performance space and then made do with a library one year and a church the next. Both locations were scandalized.) I have seen an As You Like It that was interrupted by wild turkeys, a Texas yodeling ho-down version of Merry Wives, and a Midsummer in a parking lot that ended with the Puck screaming obscenities back at a complainant in one of the apartment windows bordering the parking lot.
So when I say I have my audience chops, I have my audience chops.
‘Beyond reasonable doubt’: King Richard III’s remains found buried beneath England parking lot
He wore the English crown, but he ended up defeated, humiliated and reviled. Now things are looking up for King Richard III. Scientists announced Monday that they had found the monarch’s 500-year-old remains under a parking lot in the city of Leicester — a discovery Richard’s fans say will rewrite the history books.
University of Leicester researchers say tests on a battle-scarred skeleton unearthed last year prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that it is the king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and whose remains have been missing for centuries.
“Richard III, the last Plantaganet King of England, has been found,” said the university’s deputy registrar, Richard Taylor. (AP Photo/ University of Leicester)
NOW IS THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT
THE MANY “RICHARD PLZ” FACES OF HENRY BOLINGBROKE
(top row: Rory Kinnear, second row: Liam Brennan, Jon Finch; third row: Ben Miles, Linus Roache, Veit Schubert; bottom row: David Threlfall, David Troughton, Andrew Buchan)
NEVERMIND EVERYTHING I’VE EVER SAID BEFORE, THIS IS THE ACTUAL BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN