Guys and Dolls is the classic musical about Broadway's past as one of New York's seediest streets, then Cy Coleman (music) Ira Gasman and David Newman's (book and lyrics) musical catches up with it a little while before it gets cleaned up and tourist-friendly, and finds it more dangerous than ever. It's 1978* and almost every character we meet is either a prostitute or a pimp; Vietnam vet Fleetwood (David Albury) currently only pimps out his own girlfriend Queen (T'Shan Williams) as they save up to get away from New York and make a new start.
Writing down what I think about theatre I've seen in That London, whether I've been asked to or not.
Friday, 31 March 2017
Theatre review: The Life
Posted by nick730 at 23:22 No comments:
Labels: Cornell S John, Cy Coleman, David Albury, David Newman, Ira Gasman, Joanna Woodward, John Addison, Justin Nardella, Matthew Caputo, Michael Blakemore, Sharon D Clarke, T'Shan Williams, Tom Jackson Greaves
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Theatre review: Don Juan in Soho
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Theatre review: The Wipers Times
Sunday, 26 March 2017
Theatre review: The Chemsex Monologues
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Theatre review: Antony and Cleopatra (RSC / RST)
Roman Tragedies I'm in Stratford-upon-Avon for a full take on the play that provided that epic with its climax: Antony and Cleopatra starts with Mark Antony (Antony Byrne,) who was among the victors at the end of Julius Caesar (which I'll be catching, out of order, in a few weeks' time,) as part of a Triumvirate sharing power over the Roman Empire. Lepidus (Patrick Drury) is older and a voice of reason, but the younger Octavius Caesar (Ben Allen) is more unpredictable, and could make a play for sole power if he thinks Antony's no longer up to the task of maintaining an empire.
Posted by nick730 at 21:57 No comments:
Labels: Amber James, Ant and Cleo, Antony Byrne, Ben Allen, Iqbal Khan, Jon Tarcy, Josette Simon, Lucy Phelps, Patrick Drury, Robert Innes Hopkins, Sean Hart, Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare
Friday, 24 March 2017
Theatre review: The Bear / The Proposal
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Theatre review: Limehouse
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Theatre review: The Frogs
Posted by nick730 at 23:00 No comments:
Labels: Aristophanes, Burt Shevelove, Chris McGuigan, Emma Ralston, George Rae, Grace Wessels, Gregor Donnelly, Jonathan Wadey, Martin Dickinson, Michael Matus, Nathan Lane, Nigel Pilkington, Stephen Sondheim
Monday, 20 March 2017
Theatre review: The Kid Stays in the Picture
Saturday, 18 March 2017
Theatre review: Roman Tragedies
Posted by nick730 at 23:00 No comments:
Labels: Ant and Cleo, Chris Nietvelt, Coriolanus, Eelco Smits, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Hans Kesting, Harm Duco Schut, Ivo van Hove, Jan Versweyveld, Julius Caesar, Maria Kraakman, Marieke Heebink
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Theatre review: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Gypsy Imelda Staunton is one of the biggest; although, having long been a stage stalwart the amount of seasons Conleth Hill has managed to survive in Game of Thrones must have made him a draw to much of the audience as well. Add Luke Treadaway and you've got a high-powered cast for James Macdonald's revival of a 20th century American classic. Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is the archetypal story of a toxic marriage imploding but, as slowly becomes apparent over one very long night, the situation is even more twisted than it initially appears. George (Hill) is a History lecturer at a small East Coast university, and as his wife Martha (Staunton) is the daughter of the all-powerful college president, it might be expected that he'd have easily advanced in his career.
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Theatre review: The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Usagi Yojimbo with Marielle Heller's The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which adapts Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel set in 1976 San Francisco. Minnie (Rona Morison) is 15, the same age her mother Charlotte (Rebecca Trehearn) was when she had her. She might not be adding another teenage pregnancy to the family but her own sexual awakening is far from healthy, as she's been seduced by her mother's seedy boyfriend Monroe (Jamie Wilkes.) It's an ongoing affair and although Minnie hasn't particularly fooled herself that it's love, she's still pretty smitten. With an out-of-her-depth mother fond of a number of recreational drugs, and a seemingly more sensible ex-stepfather, Pascal (Mark Carroll,) who writes her letters encouraging her to keep studying, but has something of a distant, academic interest in her himself, Minnie's left to find her own way.
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Non-review: The Miser
Monday, 13 March 2017
Theatre review: Ugly Lies the Bone
Saturday, 11 March 2017
Theatre review: Snow in Midsummer
The Orphan of Zhao - a controversy that now looks very minor compared to the recent Print Room shitshow - but they now seem to be trying to make amends with a new ongoing project of translations of classical Chinese theatre. Of course the RSC's tendency to announce instantly-forgotten projects is notorious - how's that plan to stage the Shakespeare canon in the RST in
6 8 years with no repeats going? - but if the opening production is
any indication, we have to hope this one has legs. Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's Snow
in Midsummer is a free adaptation of a 13th century classic, Guan Hanqing's
The Injustice to Dou E That Moved Heaven and Earth.
Posted by nick730 at 22:00 No comments:
Labels: Andrew Koji, Andrew Leung, Colin Ryan, Daniel York, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Guan Hanqing, Jonathan Raggett, Justin Audibert, Katie Leung, Lily Arnold, Ruth Chan, Sarah Lam, Stratford-upon-Avon, Wendy Kweh
Friday, 10 March 2017
Theatre review: Othello (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)
Thursday, 9 March 2017
theatre review: a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun)
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Theatre review: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
the current Robert Icke production, or honestly believing they're helping, like Guildenstern in the same production? Or are their onstage scenes the only idea they have of the main plot, meaning they're barely aware of the story or their part in it?
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Theatre review: I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Sex With Strangers did: Laura Eason's play was about the writer as part of some noble calling; Feiffer's subject is the writer as damaged goods, the Hemingway model of the alcoholic genius and the idea that the better the writer, the worse the human being. By that logic David (Adrian Lukis) must be an amazing writer: A celebrated playwright, he has a single daughter, Ella (Jill Winternitz,) whom he had late in life with his second wife. Ella is an actress who's just opened as Masha in a prestige revival of The Seagull, but her father wastes no opportunity to mention that getting any role other than Nina makes her a failure. It's Press Night but instead of waiting with the rest of the cast for the reviews, she's getting drunk at home with David.
Saturday, 4 March 2017
Theatre review: Hamlet (Almeida)
Posted by nick730 at 18:35 No comments:
Labels: Amaka Okafor, Andrew Scott, Angus Wright, Calum Finlay, David Rintoul, Elliot Barnes-Worrell, Hamlet, Hildegard Bechtler, Jessica Brown Findlay, Juliet Stevenson, Luke Thompson, Peter Wight, Robert Icke
Thursday, 2 March 2017
Theatre review: Scarlett
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Theatre review: Speech & Debate
Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)