Posts Tagged ‘theatre’

Plato’s Symposium @ Queen Elizabeth Hall

May 31, 2014

What is Love?  An eternal question and quest…

Modern adaptation by James Runchie brought Love and Eros at Southbank Centre.

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Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel

April 13, 2013

Great play and a nice performance at The Print Room tonight. Mollie Sweeney by Brian Friel with Dorothy Duffy as Molly, Ruairi Conaghan as Frank and Stuart Graham as Mr Rice.

The trip from blindness to vision, from understanding to seeing, from experiencing to visualising is a long and not an easy one.

What do we expect to see and what do we expect to understand? A miracle operation succeeded in restoring Molly’s sight but failed to make her register with what she sees. It is not only Molly, who needs to be, it is Frank and Mr Rice who need to make sense of their damaged realities.

‘So the question she had to ask herself was: How much do I want to know this world? And am I prepared to make that enormous effort to get it?’

 

more theatre to come

April 7, 2013

Ready to welcome the spring after a long winter…..with some thespian experience:

Krapp’s Last Tape @ Duchess Theatre

November 20, 2010

Such a joy to see Michael Gambon on stage! Krapp’s Last Tape, one of the longest short plays by Samuel Beckett tells the story of Krapp, who listens to the tapes he has recorded over the years, thinks and laughs at himself, with himself….The play is a dialogue between Krapp and his younger self in a way, full of irony and pathos, a kind of lyrical sarcasm, all the ingredients of a retrospective account of your life when you go back and realise how pompous you can be once young….

A part from the play:

Krapp:        Just been listening to that stupid bastard I took myself for thirty years ago, hard to believe I was ever as bad as that. Thank God that’s all done with anyway…………….[long after]……..Perhaps my best years have gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn’t want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn’t want them back.

Onassis @ Novello Theatre

October 22, 2010

Yes, I wanted to see how Onassis, the Greek shipping magnate, is portrayed in the theatre. So, I went to Novello Theatre some days ago. Robert Lindsay convinced me as a Greek human -eager to challenge the Gods- taking risks and paying the costs through a personal drama that reminded me of the old Greek Tragedy story: Hybris is followed by Nemesis and every time the Gods find you being arrogant towards your fate, they punish you….Onassis wanted to become an Uebermensch….he just became a multimillionaire…Although Lindsay brings a lot of energy on the stage, the messy involvement of two famous women in his life -Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy- are given as ‘moments’ and not in a continuity, not even in a witty way. Onassis is portrayed as a charismatic man, with no limits, ruthless, also likely to have been actively involved in the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

I felt that the ‘scenario’ of this involvement is given in the play in a quite direct and unquestioned way. I found today in the Evening Standard an announcement made by Onassis foundation according to which the play is based on ‘rumours’ and not on ‘serious research’. I am not examining the accuracy of the claims or whatever but I like seeing prompt responses like that….

When self-confidence turns into Hybris? Who is in control of Nemesis?

Real Things

June 22, 2010

About 2 weeks ago I went to the Old Vic to see Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing directed by Anna Mackmin. I’m afraid I wasn’t impressed…probably not in the right mood to enjoy the play. I enjoyed reading the play though, Stoppard is always witty, wise and a great spotter of the ‘deep’ human nature. Two of my favourite plays by Stoppard were on London’s stage this year (Every Good Boy deserves a Favour at the National Theatre – just beautiful, so moving, such a fond play!) and last year (Arcadia – lucky to find tickets for the last performance).

A favourite quote here:

From Every Good Boy Deserves a Favour:

Alexander: I have no symptoms. I have opinions.

Doctor: Your opinions are your symptoms.

The Gods Weep

March 28, 2010

The Gods Weep by Dennis Kelly @ Hampstead Theatre. Some thoughts triggered by the play yesterday night:

– the collapse of a personal ‘empire’ makes you re-appreciate the ‘moment’

– being strong -like Colm, beautifully played by Jeremy Irons,- is not about strength

– ‘we’ve been waiting since the birth of the Earth for that exact moment’

– constant pursuit of success and constant state of madness

– nemesis follows? (not sure about that)

I don’t know if the play echoes King Lear -as suggested by some reviews-, not sure  how corporatism, armed conflict and total chaos were synthesised in the second part, but I have the feeling that apocalyptic nemesis (third part of the play) is not always the case.