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Title: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Thor on April 22, 2009, 04:42:11 PM
Not sure if there's a thread for this. Probably should be. We have threads for all (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=4467.0) kinds (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=3153.0) of nonsense (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=5265.0). I mean really, if you want to be scared (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=2597.0) by raw humanity (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=623.0), go back through some of the "No Movie Talk Allowed" (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=584.0) and "Idle Chatter" (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=5058.0) threads...  :D

Anyways, I'm off to see Twelfth Night (http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,31) tonight at the CST, in honor of Shakey's b-day tomorrow. Jolly good.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 22, 2009, 05:07:45 PM
Very cool. I really want to see August In Osage County or whatever it's called, my American Drama professor last semester recommended we all try and go see it because he thought it was incredible. I can't wait for the film adaptation.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: ˇKeith! on April 22, 2009, 05:11:25 PM
shakes schmakes - i want more linky filled meta goodness!
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Ronan on April 23, 2009, 06:12:18 AM
(http://www.gate-theatre.ie/x/Image/AllMySonsHome.jpeg)

Saw this at the weekend in the Gate Theatre in Dublin. Was pretty good but they did a better production of it 4 years ago in the Abbey
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Emiliana on April 23, 2009, 09:08:02 AM
The last play I saw was "Biographie" by Max Frisch (who is one of my favourite German language writers). It's about a man who gets the opportunity to go back and change his behaviour in certain key moments of his life. But can you really change the big picture by changing little details? And would you really change all that much given the chance, or would you realize that you couldn't have acted any other way at the time? It was pretty amazing, and I think it would also make a really good film.

This year is going to be the first in a while in which I won't be going to Stratford-upon-Avon to gorge myself on Shakespeare. I have done that four times in the last four years, each time seeing between five and eight different plays. This year, there just aren't enough plays on at the same time to warrant the time and money :( But I miss it already....

The next play I'm going to see here is "Der zerbrochne Krug" (The Broken Jug?) by Heinrich von Kleist. It's a classic of German literature, but somehow, I've never seen it before.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Thor on April 23, 2009, 09:50:51 AM
Twelfth Night at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
(by William Shakespeare, directed by Josie Rourke)

CST always excels at bringing Shakespeare's comedies to life, often using musical interludes, smart choreography and clever re-conceptualizations to create a spirit of joviality in the crowd, and Twelfth Night did this brilliantly. Along with having live violinists accompany the opening "If music be the food of love...", many other witty songs were incorporated throughout, most brilliantly delivered by Ross Lehmann as the fool Feste. Looking like a slightly less haggard Mel Brooks, Lehmann steals the show here with one of the funniest performances I've ever seen - at one point, when reading Malvolio's letter of madness near the close - he basically brought the play to halt as the entire cast were clearly trying not to be overcome with giggles. It was a great moment that really emphasized how fun CST has made this whole performance, playing up the elements of festivity, sexuality and ribaldry, but still finding enough nuance to ensure that Malvolio's humiliation rightly transitions from juicy laughs to a slight, wincing distaste at how far he's mocked by these careless revelers.

It would be remiss if I didn't mention the set. Absolutely incredible. Made entirely from wooden slats that covered the sides of a deep and substantial square reflecting pool in the front of the stage, before coming out of the water in raised steps and then curving up around the sides of the back of the stage into a huge heart-shape, framing the entire thing. Not only stunning to look at, but richly enhancing the play's themes of reflectivity and doubling, most obviously when the twins finally see each other for the first time from across opposite corners of the pool, their reflections mingling, before they both jump in to the water together in joy at being reunited. A well earned moment, both poignant and celebratory. But really, the main point of that huge pool of water is that watching people dressed in Elizabethan clothes repeatedly fall and dive into water is funny, and there is unlimited comic joy in seeing heaps water dripping out of doublets and breeches.

Oh, and at the interval, they served everyone cake in honor of Shakey's birthday. Hey nonny nonny nom nom nom :D Happy 445th, Billy!
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: ferris on April 23, 2009, 10:53:08 AM
Movin' Out

Pretty solid evening of entertainment.

Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Emiliana on April 23, 2009, 12:22:15 PM
Twelfth Night at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
(by William Shakespeare, directed by Josie Rourke)

[rave review]

Oh, and at the interval, they served everyone cake in honor of Shakey's birthday. Hey nonny nonny nom nom nom :D Happy 445th, Billy!

I see what you did there! Nice...

Sounds like a wonderful evening, Thor, I'm jealous. I have yet to see a production of Twelfth Night where everything comes together - the Viola/Orsino/Olivia part of the play always seemed bland in comparison to the Feste/Malvolio/Sir Toby/Maria part.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Thor on April 23, 2009, 12:27:12 PM
Twelfth Night at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
(by William Shakespeare, directed by Josie Rourke)

[rave review]

Oh, and at the interval, they served everyone cake in honor of Shakey's birthday. Hey nonny nonny nom nom nom :D Happy 445th, Billy!

I see what you did there! Nice...

Sounds like a wonderful evening, Thor, I'm jealous. I have yet to see a production of Twelfth Night where everything comes together - the Viola/Orsino/Olivia part of the play always seemed bland in comparison to the Feste/Malvolio/Sir Toby/Maria part.

Yeah, I know what what you mean. They didn't totally overcome that (though the actresses playing Viola and Olivia were both excellent), but there's no denying that the play is at its best when Feste and Sir Toby and co are doing their thing... I think you have to blame that on the writer...  :)
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: oneaprilday on April 23, 2009, 04:51:04 PM
Twelfth Night at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
(by William Shakespeare, directed by Josie Rourke)


Sounds wonderful, Thor! I love Twelfth Night - became prolly my favorite of Shakey's comedies after seeing a superb production of it in London in 1996.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: lise on April 23, 2009, 07:27:54 PM
I have to admit I haven't seen a show since Kiss of the Spiderwoman last year. This is a bit embarrassing since I can get comps if I really want to see something through my brother's fiancee. I'm hoping to catch the musical adaptation of Giant in the next few weeks.


---and for those of you who live near DC a plug for the theater http://www.sig-online.org/seasondescrip.htm (http://www.sig-online.org/seasondescrip.htm)
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: edgar00 on April 24, 2009, 02:26:32 PM
When I was a child I saw a play in Moscow. Other than when characters said 'hello' 'goodbye' and 'thank you' I had no idea what was going on. It had nice costumes though.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Tequila on April 24, 2009, 07:57:56 PM
Oh yeah, I went to see an act of Kabuki when I was in Tokyo. Pretty cool, I just wish I knew what was going on.
Last thing I saw was probably a pretty solid performance of 'Of Mice and Men', but that's been ages ago. I might go see Urfaust next month though,.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: FifthCityMuse on June 13, 2009, 08:20:10 PM
I'm going to see Wicked! again tonight! And we're sitting in the fourth row of the stalls! Should be terrific. It'll be my second trip. We saw it the first time within a week of it opening, and I can't wait to see it again. I'm also making plans to go and wait at Stage Door for autographs after.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: worm@work on June 13, 2009, 08:24:41 PM
I'm going to see Wicked! again tonight! And we're sitting in the fourth row of the stalls! Should be terrific. It'll be my second trip. We saw it the first time within a week of it opening, and I can't wait to see it again. I'm also making plans to go and wait at Stage Door for autographs after.

Hey, sounds so fun. Have a great time :).
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Junior on October 23, 2010, 10:08:17 PM
Revival!

I saw my first Broadway show today. It was In The Heights, a story of love and heat in Washington Heights. It stars Jordin Sparks but she wasn't there today so we got her understudy. It was really great. The music was very latin-based, which was great and there was great energy throughout. Also, the last song/segment of the first act was crazy good. It's certainly worth watching and served as a good introduction to the artform.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: alexarch on October 24, 2010, 09:49:41 AM
Traveling production or are you in NYC?

Jerry and I really liked it too. Paciencia y Fe was our favorite song; we loved the grandma character.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Junior on October 24, 2010, 01:49:37 PM
In NY for the day yesterday with the fam. I really enjoyed the hairdresser lady and the way that the main guy half rapped/sang.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on November 03, 2010, 10:58:00 PM
(http://i56.tinypic.com/34gugpl.jpg) (http://i53.tinypic.com/xo4d2g.jpg)

Didn't know where else to post this (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/10/rocky-horror-picture-show-anniversary-lea-michele-jack-nicholson.html).  That's Jack Nicholson as The Narrator and Jorge Garcia as Eddie in an All Star production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  The cast included Evan Rachel Wood, Julian McMahon and Melora Hardin.  Brad and Janet were played by Glee stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: ˇKeith! on February 18, 2011, 08:56:33 AM
Any UK filmspotters have a chance to see Danny Boyle's Frankenstein yet?
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Mosca on February 18, 2011, 12:14:44 PM
Any UK filmspotters have a chance to see Danny Boyle's Frankenstein yet?
Nope sorry. Last thing I saw was a pantomime at Theatre Royal Windsor in 1999...
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Osprey on February 23, 2011, 06:39:50 AM
The Merchant of Venice- with F. Murray Abraham. Next week.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: smirnoff on February 24, 2011, 10:58:32 AM
That sounds awesome!
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Junior on February 25, 2011, 07:00:26 PM
Not exactly a play, but I am currently seated waiting for a CT Forum to start. The topic is "The Brain" and includes Temple Grandin as one of the panelists.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: oneaprilday on February 25, 2011, 07:14:16 PM
That sounds really cool.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Junior on February 25, 2011, 10:19:26 PM
It was totally fascinating. I might be able to go to the next one which includes novelists John Irving, Azar Nafisi, and Jonathan Franzen. I should probably read some of their books first.

Anyways, they've put a few of the more popular discussions on the internet including those between Bill Moyers and Andrew Sullivan, Thomas Friedman and Malcolm Gladwell, Kurt Vonnegut and Joyce Carol Oates and Jennifer Weiner, Al Franken and Ann Coulter, and quite a few others. Check it. (http://www.theforumchannel.tv/forums-list.aspx?vid=2)
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: oneaprilday on February 26, 2011, 01:06:10 PM
Wow, that is great - thanks for the link. I'm particularly interested in the Oates and Vonnegut one.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Totoro on March 05, 2011, 02:05:33 AM
Saw Avenue Q two days ago. I've only been waiting for 5 years. Favorite parts:

Bad Idea Bears: "You should hang yourself. Yeah! Hang yourself! YAAAAAAAAY!"
"No, I'm not going to hang myself!"
"Ahhhhhhhhh... Well, I'll leave this rope right here."

Bad Idea Bears: "We founded Scientology!!! YAAAAAAY!"

Ensemble: "GLENN BECK - is only for now"

It could just be my favorite musical ever. My only complaint is that this show's Gary seemed a little off. Show: 10/10 Performance: 9/10
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Post by: Osprey on March 10, 2011, 05:55:17 AM
Abraham did a real good job as Shylock.  This was an updated production, set in a modern business environment, and I thought the staging was very well done.  The caskets to be opened to win Portia's hand were 3 Mac Laptops that delivered the messages on large screens.  Launcelot was good comic relief.

The Merchant of Venice- with F. Murray Abraham. Next week.
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Post by: Monty on May 29, 2011, 03:20:45 PM
This is quite a few months away, but is still quite a coup for The Crucible theatre in Sheffield.

Quote
Wire Stars in Sheffield Othello

The Wire stars Clarke Peters and Dominic West will be reunited in a major revival of Othello, the centrepiece of Sheffield Theatres 40th anniversary season which will open in the Crucible Theatre on 20 September (previews from 15 September) running to 15 October 2011.

Sheffield Theatres' artistic director Daniel Evans will direct Peters and West, who played Detective Lester Freamon and Jimmy McNulty in the cult American show, as Othello and Iago, alongside founding artistic director of the Crucible Theatre Colin George who returns to play Brabantio and Gratiano.

Peters' theatre credits include Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre), Simply Heavenly (Trafalgar Studios), Mourning Becomes Electra, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre), The Iceman Cometh (Almeida Theatre and on Broadway), Chicago (West End and on Broadway) and Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Shaftesbury Theatre). Last year he starred in a revival of Five Guys Named Moe, the 1990 West End musical for which he wrote the book, which travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe before a London run at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on November 11, 2012, 09:24:59 AM
Book of Mormon
* * * *

Book of Mormon isn't as funny as Avenue Q, but it's much more creative. Much like I feel Jon Stewart teaches me a lot about politics, I walked out with a greater understanding and appreciation for the Mormon religion. It manages to be warm and friendly, even though it also holds the belief up for ridicule much like Parker & Stone do Scientology on South Park. They get away with it by simply being so creative and talented I was in awe with the tight construction and smooth execution of the project.

There's the handful of tunes that can play in your iTunes, but some only work within the context of the show, and that's okay. A prime example is "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream". Not a great tune, but on stage it becomes an increasingly outrageous parody of Broadway excess.

This show is filthy. There's so much talk of female anatomy and curses at God, I believe it would have trouble getting an 'R' rating if translated directly to cinema. Like most of Parker & Stone, it's hilarious though excessive in a couple of places. My biggest problem is with the last 10 minutes. There's a climactic re-interpretation of Mormon religion. It's the number that should bring down the house, but ends up being the weakest of the bunch. After that all of the conflicts are resolved in rather pat and overly-simple ways. It's the only time where the storytelling falters into "just go with me on this".

Pretty negative for a 4-star review, but these are the interesting things to talk about. As for the rest... incredible performances and energy and staging and just one of the best musicals I've ever seen. I could easily watch it again, and someday I believe I will. Come for the laughs, be blown away by the characters, intelligence and creativity.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 11, 2012, 09:27:09 AM
I wish I could see this play. It hasn't come to Philly yet, or not to my knowledge anyhow. They need to get on making the film adaptation. I have listened to the soundtrack a ton, makes me laugh a lot.

That said, I still don't consider musicals to be plays  :P
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Osprey on November 13, 2012, 11:10:02 PM
I saw this last month for the first time and I think your review is mostly right on. I thought the villager's play was one of the high points of the musical  Book of Mormon clearly has a point, much more so than a regular musical.  I thought Avenue Q was consistently funnier and had catchier songs.  Book of Mormon certainly had laugh out loud funny points, but not as many as I was perhaps expecting.  The only song I think I might want to hear after Book of Mormon is "Turn it Off", whereas there are a couple from Avenue Q on my best of list. 
.
Book of Mormon
* * * *

Book of Mormon isn't as funny as Avenue Q, but it's much more creative. Much like I feel Jon Stewart teaches me a lot about politics, I walked out with a greater understanding and appreciation for the Mormon religion. It manages to be warm and friendly, even though it also holds the belief up for ridicule much like Parker & Stone do Scientology on South Park. They get away with it by simply being so creative and talented I was in awe with the tight construction and smooth execution of the project.

There's the handful of tunes that can play in your iTunes, but some only work within the context of the show, and that's okay. A prime example is "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream". Not a great tune, but on stage it becomes an increasingly outrageous parody of Broadway excess.

This show is filthy. There's so much talk of female anatomy and curses at God, I believe it would have trouble getting an 'R' rating if translated directly to cinema. Like most of Parker & Stone, it's hilarious though excessive in a couple of places. My biggest problem is with the last 10 minutes. There's a climactic re-interpretation of Mormon religion. It's the number that should bring down the house, but ends up being the weakest of the bunch. After that all of the conflicts are resolved in rather pat and overly-simple ways. It's the only time where the storytelling falters into "just go with me on this".

Pretty negative for a 4-star review, but these are the interesting things to talk about. As for the rest... incredible performances and energy and staging and just one of the best musicals I've ever seen. I could easily watch it again, and someday I believe I will. Come for the laughs, be blown away by the characters, intelligence and creativity.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on November 13, 2012, 11:26:51 PM
What I will add in further defense of Avenue Q is that the themes of that musical speak to me. It's not just dirty puppets. Songs like "It Sucks to be Me" and "Wish I Could Go Back to College" deal with being happy with where you end up, even if it falls short of your original goals.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Osprey on November 14, 2012, 02:58:18 AM
Avenue Q is about finding out who you are and where you fit in the world at a vulnerable and sometimes scary time in your life.  Book of Mormon is about belief and the need humans have for belief.  What age you see these at probably impacts which one you find more compelling. 
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on January 03, 2013, 10:18:16 PM
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Anything Goes
* * *


Here's a great montage of what we watched (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yV1OVkJxf4).

My Christmas Present from Mrs. 1SO. 5th Row Orchestra to this revival of the 1930s Screwball farce featuring songs by Cole Porter and starring Rachel York, who sings, dances and acts like the great entertainers of that classic era. My biggest delight was that only some of the jokes lean on the corn. While old-fashioned, most of the humor works like a great, well-timed bit of sketch comedy. A couple of the performers are flat, and there were no hidden gems among the unfamiliar Porter tunes.

I was a fan of the 1956 film (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=9893.msg596859#msg596859), which kept the good songs and added a completely different story. This was better, yet probably wouldn't go over well with a modern film audience. (The crowd was almost exclusively retirees.) The big dance numbers - especially the title tune - were exceptional to see performed live. Couldn't have been happier during those moments.

Mrs. 1SO loved it much more than me. (* * * *) She thought it was funnier than Book of Mormon and Avenue Q. I take this as a minority opinion.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: jdc on January 04, 2013, 01:52:56 AM
If non-musical, I think I have only ever been to a couple.  I saw that Nicole Kidman one called Blue Room back in 1999 in New York.  They made such a big deal of it because she went in the buff on stage but from my cheap seats and didn't make much of a difference.

Then the last one was in Melbourne when we found out one of our coworker was secretly moonlighting as an actor .  A bunch of us showed up to one of his performances, it was a similar style to The Blue Room being a 2 person play which the characters overlapping from different scenes. 

Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: oneaprilday on January 04, 2013, 09:39:24 AM
Anything Goes
* * *


Here's a great montage of what we watched (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yV1OVkJxf4).

My Christmas Present from Mrs. 1SO. 5th Row Orchestra to this revival of the 1930s Screwball farce featuring songs by Cole Porter and starring Rachel York, who sings, dances and acts like the great entertainers of that classic era. My biggest delight was that only some of the jokes lean on the corn. While old-fashioned, most of the humor works like a great, well-timed bit of sketch comedy. A couple of the performers are flat, and there were no hidden gems among the unfamiliar Porter tunes.
This sounds and looks wonderful - what a treat!
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: don s. on January 22, 2013, 11:26:44 AM
My buddy and I just got our tickets for the Ashland [Oregon] Shakespeare Festival (we're going in August) -- six plays over four days:

Cymbeline
The Taming of the Shrew
King Lear
A Midsummer Night's Dream
My Fair Lady*
A Streetcar Named Desire*

(* I am aware that Shakespeare didn't actually write these)
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: oneaprilday on January 23, 2013, 08:40:48 PM
My buddy and I just got our tickets for the Ashland [Oregon] Shakespeare Festival (we're going in August) -- six plays over four days:

Cymbeline
The Taming of the Shrew
King Lear
A Midsummer Night's Dream
My Fair Lady*
A Streetcar Named Desire*

(* I am aware that Shakespeare didn't actually write these)
Looks fantastic! I'm ashamed to say I've never been to the Ashland festival - have always meant  to go but have somehow never made it.  Maybe this summer?
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: don s. on January 24, 2013, 07:54:06 AM
I'm ashamed to say I've never been to the Ashland festival - have always meant  to go but have somehow never made it.  Maybe this summer?


It'll be my first time there. I'm really looking forward to it, not least because I'll be getting out of Phoenix in the middle of August...
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: verbALs on January 30, 2013, 02:48:36 PM
Handpuppets....huh?!?

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Tickets booked
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on January 30, 2013, 03:00:06 PM
!!!

Please review when the time comes. I heard that WarHorse was fantastic. Did you see it?
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: verbALs on January 30, 2013, 03:05:39 PM
No. Wasn't the horse mechanised on stage? Maybe that's what the puppetry is about. I'm intrigued.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on January 30, 2013, 03:15:30 PM
My sister saw it when she was in London and said it was a wonder to behold. :) (or something like that)


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I think you are in for a treat.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on February 24, 2013, 03:57:30 PM
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Junior High Version :D


Davis having way too much fun being a pirate.

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Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on March 29, 2013, 09:47:43 PM
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Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on March 30, 2013, 03:57:39 PM
Happy Birthday to Mrs. 1SO


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Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on April 10, 2013, 07:01:09 PM
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Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on April 10, 2013, 07:12:13 PM
What?! I didn't know this was a thing. Somebody get me to New York City! :D
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on April 10, 2013, 08:32:39 PM
Act 1 is amazing. I hope the rest can maintain the creativity.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on April 10, 2013, 11:23:01 PM
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Matilda the Musical
* * * *


I tried to find a clip that gave a good translation of what I saw tonight, and while there are numerous clips and montages and even a couple of scenes online, this is one of those live theatrical experiences that doesn't translate well to youtube. It also would make for a horrible film adaptation. The show is even more cartoonish than Danny DeVito's 1996 movie. Matilda's parents and the evil Trunchbull are so over-the-top they make Sacha Baron Cohen subtle by comparison. Yet I quickly settled into these performances because they operated at just a couple of the film's many speeds. Each one won me over with a great number or bit of comedy, and I firmly believe nobody can keep Bertie Carvel (Trunchbull) from collecting the Tony next year.

Ever since I saw Book of Mormon, there's been something nagging me about it I couldn't put my finger on. It was hilarious, original and smart yet there was a sameness to it. A feeling it could just pick any culture or group of people and find comedy gold by mocking their contradictions. Matilda is funny, and then it's emotional, then borderline scary, surprising, childish but not too childish, mature in a way that makes me wonder if it will scare off part of the audience or even effect repeatability because it isn't going for approval all the time. Roald Dahl's touch and tone were not smoothed out one bit.

For me, my few negatives are counteracted by a handful of instantly catchy and clever songs that make me want to own the soundtrack and some of the greatest bits of staging I've ever seen in a show. Moments like a bully song whose lyrics come back later to reveal they actually contain the alphabet. Each letter becomes a block in a wall that creates steps the performers dance and climb on. School desks rise up from the floor, a kid eats a giant cake and other bits that involve the aisles of the theater. During the Intermission the actor playing Matilda's father comes out to make an announcement and engage in a bit of improv with the audience. He slides unnoticeably from actor into character and launches into a song about how television is better than books. ...and with that, the magic continues.

1. Matilda the Musical
2. Avenue Q
3. Book of Mormon
4. Spam-A-Lot
5. Beauty and the Beast
6. Anything Goes
7. Mary Poppins
8. The Lion King
9. Nuttin' But Hutton

Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Eldog on April 11, 2013, 06:55:29 AM
Wicked in 2012 at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on April 11, 2013, 09:23:05 AM
That's a great show Eldog. btw, loving all your posts! :)


1SO, how amazing! I never would have thought that story could be pulled off, and so well, in a theatre setting. I am completely intrigued. Thanks for the review.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Eldog on April 11, 2013, 09:36:19 AM
That's a great show Eldog. btw, loving all your posts! :)

Thanks Sandy, you are too kind. I love the podcast and these forums.  Sadly I'm lacking a background in film studies so I feel a little bit out of my depth with all the heavyweights in here! Hopefully my enthusiasm and willingness to learn will count for something!  :)
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on April 11, 2013, 10:04:19 AM
Thanks Sandy, you are too kind. I love the podcast and these forums.  Sadly I'm lacking a background in film studies so I feel a little bit out of my depth with all the heavyweights in here! Hopefully my enthusiasm and willingness to learn will count for something!  :)

 :))

You and me both! We can swim amongst the big fish, because they're very accommodating and encouraging.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Junior on April 11, 2013, 10:58:54 AM
Very few of the people here have a background in film studies. We're mostly amateurs, so join in without fear!
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Eldog on April 11, 2013, 05:09:15 PM
Very few of the people here have a background in film studies. We're mostly amateurs, so join in without fear!

Thanks Junior. Sandy's and your kind words mean a lot. It is nice to be welcomed without judgement.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: oneaprilday on April 11, 2013, 05:35:01 PM
Matilda sounds great, 1SO! My kids would love it I bet, too, who already love everything Dahl. (We actually all really like the DeVito movie.  ;D )


And, yes, welcome, Eldog! We all just love movies here - and the people who love them.  :)
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Lobby on April 11, 2013, 05:41:11 PM
That sounds wonderful 1SO!

We had planned to see Book of Mormons during our NYC trip, but the tickets we could get hold of where insanely expensive, only premium left and they were out of reach for ordinary people. Our children wanted to watch something more familiar, so we our choice fell on The Phantom of the Opera. Neither of us had seen it, which is a bit weird since it's been running for 25 years and is the most seen piece of entertainment ever if I understood it correctly, including the biggest cinematic box office hits. You could say it was about time we catched up with it. And we loved it! There were a lot of moments that gave me goosebumps, some of the special effects are still stunningly beautiful and the singing, particularly the guy who sang the phantom role, was fantastic. A night to remember.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: oneaprilday on April 11, 2013, 05:45:12 PM
Phantom is really fun! - glad you got the chance to see it, in spite if the disappointment about not seeing Book of Mormon.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: verbALs on October 13, 2013, 09:50:05 AM
Birthday treat next month; Old Vic, London. Not something you can miss, once you know it is happening.

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Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: oneaprilday on October 15, 2013, 11:48:26 PM
!

James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave plus Shakespeare - that looks fantastic.


Last live theatre-ish thing I went to, a properly October-y event, Dracula by Northwest Ballet Theater:

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Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on October 16, 2013, 12:38:04 AM
How beautiful OAD! I didn't know Dracula was a ballet. :)



Perfect birthday present verbALs!
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: oneaprilday on October 16, 2013, 02:13:46 AM
I didn't know Dracula was a ballet. :)
It wasn't one, as far as I know, until the artistic director of this particular company decided to do the production. :)
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Verite on September 18, 2014, 02:27:04 PM
National Theatre Live has begun broadcasting the Young Vic's current run of A Streetcar Named Desire to movie theaters.  Gillian Anderson has received raves for her performance as Blanche DuBois.  Screenings info (publicity stills, etc.) --

http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/ntlout7-a-streetcar-named-desire

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Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Monty on September 18, 2014, 03:42:45 PM
I meant to comment on this National Theatre Live a few months ago, when they did the same thing with Skylight starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. Call me Mr Thicky, but how does this work? are you actually watching the show live? or has it been prerecorded and your watching the playback?

Also BBC screened The Duchess Of Malfi with Gemma Arterton on TV a few months ago which I still haven't watched >:(
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: verbALs on September 18, 2014, 03:48:39 PM
I'm more interested in the upcoming/ impending Mamet "Speed The Plow" with Lindsay Lohan, Richard Schiff & Nigel Lindsay.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 14, 2015, 09:39:46 PM
Hello.

I was just watching Louie and the episode started with Louie and his daughter watching a play (I couldn't place it because I've been out of the game forever), but Big Mike was in there for a second, so naturally I googled Michael Cera Broadway immediately and just found out that the news broke today. Apparently he's going to star in a revival of Lonergan's This Is Our Youth. I've only seen Margaret and am not familiar with his other work. Anyone else read or seen this one before? Will Big Mike kill it? Should FLY try and buy tickets this very second?

EDIT: Ignore that, apparently it was an old article I found from May 14th 2014. It has already ended. That is too bad. I imagine it was fantastic, but will not read reviews to confirm or deny this.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 15, 2015, 12:51:13 AM
I don't know if it counts but i shall be seeing Wicked tomorrow night.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on May 31, 2015, 01:34:19 AM
Matilda the Musical (The Touring Company)
* * * - Okay
Two years ago (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=5677.msg729708#msg729708), I raved about the Broadway production of Matilda and how I could hardly wait to see the show again. Last night, the touring company premiered in Los Angeles and Mrs. 1SO and I went to tonight's performance. We don't know if it was the smaller pool of talent or a director who turned up the volume on everyone, but not a single cast member comes from the Broadway show and almost everyone is trying too hard, often at the expense of the laughs.

As for the young actress playing Matilda, she wasn't trying hard enough. Just happy to get the words out of her mouth. She had a constant glassy-eyed stare, as if she was performing in uncomfortable contact lenses. Like on Broadway, the show rotates 4 different actresses who play Matilda on different nights. I would go tomorrow to see if a different girl makes much difference overall. We also noticed one of our favorite numbers ("School Song") had been cut along with a hilarious monologue by Trunchbull.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=423z33_mIMw

The material is still strong enough to recommend it, but this is not the magical theater experience I had two years ago.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: don s. on August 10, 2015, 12:10:35 AM
Heading to NYC this week to catch some shows with my theater buddy. We each have seven shows (so far) scheduled over six days. But I'm still a piker compared to my dad, who just returned from a whirlwind NYC trip in which he and his wife caught 10 shows in a week.

My friend and I are both seeing:
Fun Home
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Something Rotten
Sleep No More
(a kind of combination play and art installation)
The King & I

He's also seeing:
Hamilton (I started planning too late to get this hot ticket)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (I already saw the original, back in 1999)

I'm also seeing:
Significant Other
The Flick
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: saltine on August 10, 2015, 07:59:37 AM
That's very ambitious and  the best way to spend time in NYC, I think.  We saw Matilda.  Great!
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: saltine on August 10, 2015, 05:34:35 PM
don s.

Do you get your tickets using the internet or some other way?  Just wondering...
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: don s. on August 12, 2015, 11:51:43 AM
Internet all the way. I purchased tickets to the seven shows starting as early as two months ago and as recently as last week.

P.S. We skipped a hellacious queue at MOMA yesterday by buying tickets on our phones while standing in the lobby.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on August 12, 2015, 03:12:16 PM
Making the system work for you!

Have a great time, don!
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: don s. on August 12, 2015, 04:37:24 PM
I'm having a blast, Sandy. It's my favorite place to visit.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on August 12, 2015, 07:00:29 PM
Mine too! I'm trying really hard to not harbor envy right now. :) Please let us know what plays you enjoyed the most.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: saltine on August 12, 2015, 07:08:22 PM
Glad to know that the internet is the best way to book Broadway.  Paying those fees took my breath away, but happy to do it if that's the only way to get the seats booked. (Our $99 seats cost $157.)  We had terrific seats for Matilda and Ella and I loved the show so all was worth it when it works out so well.

Happy to read your FB page, don s. but too many pickles!
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: don s. on August 15, 2015, 08:54:29 AM
When you're ordering your tickets in Phoenix, Arizona, you don't have many other choices. I guess I could've called the theaters individually, but I'm spoiled by the convenience of just clicking (and selecting seats from a seating map).

The pickles were just that one day, right?
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on December 30, 2015, 03:58:06 PM
If/Then

aka. The one starring Idina Menzel
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on December 30, 2015, 10:34:26 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/Djy12Yv.jpg)
If/Then (Los Angeles)
* * 1/2
I feel bad for the team that came up with this showcase for Idina Menzel. It's not a bad musical and it could be a really good one if they were interested in fixing the problems, the main one being that it's unnecessarily difficult to follow.

In the opening number, the story splits off in two different timelines. In one, Idina play Beth and in the other she is Liz. One of them wears glasses, but neither the name nor the glasses help keep it straight because the character is the same in both. Idina doesn't play two characters but the same one in two different sets of circumstances. The play often bounces between the two timelines until it's difficult to keep straight which story we're following. This is where the play needs work because without that, all you have is the powerful voice of Idina Menzel and a terrific supporting cast (including Rent alum Anthony Rapp.)

Idena leaves the show after its L.A. run. I can't imagine it lasting long without her.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on December 30, 2015, 11:11:24 PM
I was hoping you'd write something about it. Reading the synopsis was confusing enough! The only thing that's constant is Anne's infidelity! :D

Is it trying to be the road not taken or a statement on the arbitrariness of choices? Is there something of value the creators want to say?
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on December 30, 2015, 11:20:30 PM
It gets compared to Sliding Doors, but that's only the basic concept. It doesn't tell a cut and dry variation like most road not taken stories. Both timelines prove difficult, so you shouldn't dwell on what might've been because life isn't about the choices you don't make. I like this idea as opposed to the usual cutesy plotting of dual timelines.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on December 30, 2015, 11:58:46 PM
"...you shouldn't dwell on what might've been because life isn't about the choices you don't make."

Now that is valuable! Well said, 1SO.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: philip918 on January 31, 2016, 03:40:18 PM
Parturition

Late last night I drove up to North Hollywood and parked in front of a nondescript storefront and waited. I was taking part in an interactive play by Screenshot Productions. A play with an audience of one and for things to run smoothly you must open the door and enter at precisely the time you reserved. Not a minute before or after.

Needless to say, before even entering the building an air of mystery and anticipation surrounds the whole event. So, at 12:15AM on the dot I opened the door and walked in. A very small dark entry was curtained off and a man emerged from the shadows and lead me to stand and turned on his headlamp illuminating a waiver I had to sign. And then he told me to take off my clothes.

As the title suggests, Parturition is a play about birth. Your birth. After leaving my clothes with the attendant, headphones were placed over my ears and I wended my way through a pitch black maze until stumbling into small area where a shadowy doctor threw a shroud over my head and lead me around a corner and suddenly everything was blindingly white as a strobe flashed intricate patterns and music thrummed. It was entrancing. Captivating. And then a rope was pulled around my neck and I was yanked onto a gurney and wheeled to an operating table. Doctors faces, barely visible under the blinding glow of their headlamps, cut the umbilical cord and operated to save my life. And then I was left laying alone in the darkness. Unsure if I was alive or dead.

A woman placed a cloth over me and wheeled me into another room where a video installation and song played that still left my mortality in question. But then my "mother" appeared and lead me into a nursery, and the actress gives a hell of an affirmative monologue about my birth and my life. And then I'm in a tiny waiting room, putting my clothes back on and I stumble out the back door into an alley and the night air hit my face and it was charged with possibilities.

Needless to say, I thought this was great. An intense and surreal physical experience with emotional and philosophical implications I'm still pondering.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on February 01, 2016, 01:28:08 AM
I think I read about this when I was researching Haunts for a script I was working on. This was called an existential Haunted House. Such a strange piece of theater, but I guess there are enough people up for the experience to make it worthwhile. I guess it just requires a particular personality that I am not and you certainly are. Congratulations on your unforgettable evening.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: philip918 on February 01, 2016, 10:31:11 AM
I suppose it does take a certain personality. I've actually never been to a haunt before, so it was the concept of the piece that really drew me in.

I think I enjoyed the lead up almost as much as the performance itself. Sort of this Lynchian feeling of anticipation and, dread is probably too strong a word, maybe a sort of nervousness. Not knowing at all what to expect. Pretty cool.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: FifthCityMuse on March 14, 2016, 05:21:00 AM
I got to see the Melbourne production of Matilda yesterday just before it opened to the public. (I've been working selling merch on various musicals over the last five years, and Matilda is the latest. I ran the merch at The Lion King for nine months last year. I could probably do a one man rendition, if anyone cared to see it.)

But anyway. I thought Matilda was a very good show with a couple of dud moments. Reading back, I saw 1SO had some very positive words for the original Broadway production, but fewer for the touring. I suspect I fall more in line with the later. Some of it is incredible. The number with the blocks, the first time we see the Trunchball's school, is jaw dropping, especially in the way it uses sounds to match to letters running through the alphabet, rather than the specific letters themselves (G is energy, Q is curious, etc). The first proper number of act 2, after Matilda's father does his bit, is beautiful. Revolting Children, near the end, is such fun.

The Melbourne cast seems very strong. The kids are amazing. The sheer amount of time they are on stage is huge, and they really drive the show in a lot of ways. The guy playing Trunchball is also excellent. I thought Miss Honey was a little (but not a lot) weaker, and the ensemble in general are excellent.

That said, some moments dragged for me, like Matilda's mum's song with Rudolpho, and I felt there was a lot of plot jammed into the last 20 minutes which perhaps could have been spread out better.

But really, these are minor quibbles. A very fun show.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on March 14, 2016, 10:23:01 AM
That proper number is "When I Grow Up", a really lovely song. I also like the dad's bit right before it, "Telly". A mystery I've never solved is when I saw the touring company they ditched the amazing alphabet song, which I was looking forward to seeing again. I don't know if it was because of the staging or if there were other reasons.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: FifthCityMuse on March 14, 2016, 04:13:37 PM
They cut the alphabet song?!?  :o It's definitely the highlight of the show. That's a weird choice. Possibly it has something to do with safely being able to climb? I wonder if they couldn't make it sturdy enough in a temporary installation. Still, it's the sort of thing I would've expected them to fight for...

It's interesting in Australia because we usually get something between the fixed productions of Broadway and the touring productions. Shows usually do between 3-6 months, with only blockbusters like The Lion King doing more (Book of Mormon opens Jan 2017 and will probably run at least a full 12 months in Melbourne, but that is rare). They then have to pack up and move on to other Australian cities and then usually Asia, so they have to be scaled down to a certain extent. In Matilda, for example, the desks don't rise out of the stage, they slide on and off from the wings.

I did really like "Telly", especially when he throws the books over his shoulder and the son catches them. And the son shouting "TELLY!" any time it comes up. So many clever, small touches.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on March 14, 2016, 06:34:19 PM
And the son's "guitar solo". Plus the way it just springs up with the Father making fun of the audience who are still getting back to their seat.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on March 30, 2016, 07:15:28 PM
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Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Junior on April 07, 2016, 11:14:19 PM
Probably doesn't quite belong here, but I don't really know where else to put it.

Cornel West came to my school tonight and I was smart enough to get my butt out of my apartment and go see him. He talked for about an hour and twenty minutes seemingly without notes and while brilliantly referencing all sorts of other great thinkers and doers, be it Emmett Till's mother or Kant or George Eliot (though he did call her a "brother" which got my lit friends a little riled for a moment or two) or Rosa Parks. He used W.E.B. Dubois's four questions as a frame to talk about how to live in the face of injustice. “How shall integrity face oppression? . . . What does honesty do in the face of deception? . . . What does decency do in the face of insult? . . . How does virtue meet brute force?” Because it was a talk somewhat focused on the black liberation movement and BLM, he skewed his specifics towards that, which I found fascinating. My favorite was from the first question, as he argued that it has become harder to have integrity in the face of neo-liberal market forces, and he used Beyonce and Aretha Franklin to show how even the forces for good, the artists that help propel movements through their art have aquiesced to the power of image, of material goods, and of money. Beyonce is beautiful, an amazing dancer, and a great singer. But she is part of the corporate machine, and her image makes her and those who "own" her a whole ton of money. Whereas Franklin just stood there and sang. He talked a lot about music, actually. Jazz and soul and they way that black musicians in America have made it possible to dream of a place where all people are treated with equal humanity.

Another moving detail: He said that the logical response that black people might have had when they were finally released from slavery could have been to form a kind of terrorist response to the violence and oppression they endured which would have started a cycle of violence that would have ripped this nation apart. Instead, they imagined a world where nobody would suffer like they suffered, where all people would be brought out of all oppression. It's a model of caring deeply about every human because they are a human that I can really get behind.

It was such an exciting and invigorating talk. The guy has a gift for public speaking. You want to just listen to him for forever.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: DarkeningHumour on April 18, 2016, 01:34:39 AM
This is the only theatre thread I could find, so please bear with my off-topicness.

I am not fortunate enough to live in either London or New York, or any of those cities where plays originating in the two performing Edens usually tour. At most I get the occasional live projection in a local cinema, but these are rare and have limited seats, not to mention the ticket prices.

So here is my question: Is there a way to watch plays, musicals and the like the way one watches movies once they've been released on DVD ? Can I stream them somewhere ?

Now, assuming it is not completely impossible for me to watch these (which it very well might be), does anyone have any comments on the current Skylight (Mulligan, Nighy), Hamlet (Cumberbatch) and that thing with Ralph Fiennes ? I am  - naturally I think - attracted to spectacles with movies actors I like.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on April 23, 2016, 12:30:23 PM
You don't get traveling shows...?
I live in Phoenix and most the major shows create a traveling version that hits a lot of cities.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: DarkeningHumour on April 24, 2016, 02:38:29 AM
I'll take that into account if I ever move to the US.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on April 24, 2016, 03:11:31 AM
As well you should.
More Broadway shows would be available to you.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: DarkeningHumour on June 13, 2016, 09:49:24 PM
Even Youtube videos of Hamilton are not available to me...
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: jdc on June 13, 2016, 11:29:06 PM
I think it maybe cause it is a CBS official video and they are being jerks

Next month I will be seeing Les Mis in Singapore.  The musical recently made news as they had to remove a "gay kiss"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/singapore-authorities-censor-gay-kiss-in-les--misrables/

I have seen it a couple of times before but for some reason do not remember the scene they would be referring to.    The media authority view was it was not in the approved script that got its "General" rating and was licensed.  Regardless, this stuff gets tiring at times.

Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on June 14, 2016, 11:34:45 AM
huh, I don't remember this kiss in the play. Do you think the West End edited it out too? :)
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on June 14, 2016, 11:42:54 AM
In case you missed it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtLKdQW40Xo#no

Thanks for the link, 1SO. These songs get a lot of play here, so it was cool to have the music combined with the visual. There is nothing more awe inspiring than live musical theatre! Someday I'll see this. :)
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: jdc on June 14, 2016, 08:06:27 PM
huh, I don't remember this kiss in the play. Do you think the West End edited it out too? :)

hell.. it was hardly a kiss..

The scene involved a brief peck during the song Beggars At The Feast. It was not in many other productions of the long-running classic. - See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/showbiz/les-miserables-same-sex-kiss-scene-cut-after-public-complaints#sthash.jy2fdBu1.dpuf
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: BlueVoid on November 14, 2016, 09:16:05 PM
I saw Jersey Boys a couple weeks ago-- really enjoyed it.

Is there a iCheckMovies equivalent for theater? Or even an IMDB?
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on November 14, 2016, 10:55:56 PM
IBDB - internet Broadway Database
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on November 27, 2016, 01:00:16 PM
Okay gang, a question of Scruples.

Some of you may know there's a HD Bootleg of Hamilton that's been popping up on YouTube and not coming down immediately. It's the original cast, filmed from the Balcony. Some moments the camera moves away (mostly in the beginning), there are brief bits that go out of focus, occasionally the recorder pushes in for close-ups and someone has a coughing problem towards the end of Act 1. But, it's the original cast, really good quality and largely stays in a wide shot of the entire stage.

The right thing to do is not watch, but "original cast" presents a point of contention because even if you see it live on stage one day it won't be with that group. I know the final two performances with Lin-Manuel Miranda were recorded, but there are no announced plans about what will be done with the footage, or when (or even if) we might see it.

What do you do?
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on November 27, 2016, 01:14:01 PM
I'd watch it and...

Buy the music
Purchase a ticket if ever I got to go see it in NY
Buy a DVD of a performance if ever it came out.

In other words, I'd support the show, however was available to me monetarily.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on November 27, 2016, 01:20:42 PM
Yeah. This doesn't sway me from still seeing the show live with a different cast at some point. If they put the officially filmed performances in a Movie Theater as a special event and charged $100 a ticket, I'd go with the wife.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: DarkeningHumour on December 22, 2016, 05:52:02 PM
It kills me that I will never be able to watch that show live in its original version because of dumb geographhy.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on December 22, 2016, 06:14:09 PM
It kills me that I will never be able to watch that show live in its original version because of dumb geographhy.
...and they have yet to invent the time machine.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 22, 2016, 08:05:25 PM
I love reading plays, but rarely ever get to the theatre (even with NYC being not incredibly far away, but that's a rough solo trip and I get intimidated I guess), so it's frustrating to me as well with how hard it is for these things to be seen. Like I get it, I assume there are business deals in place to protect performances, but I really don't get why more successful plays and musicals don't get a single recording and distribution. Like a closed set thing or whatever. It protects Broadway, which is why it doesn't happen, but still. I've yet to see Book Of Mormon, and will never get to experience that with the original cast aside from the soundtrack, which blows, and I don't even like musicals too much.

Every time I got to the theater there are plenty of advertisements for Fathom Events screenings of operas or ballets (and other old movies or specials or whatever); I wish that they would expand to actual plays.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: DarkeningHumour on February 07, 2017, 06:42:06 AM
Is it not a thing in the US to film plays and musicals for DVD releases?
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: jdc on February 12, 2017, 08:07:56 AM
I don't think there really that much of a market for them in the theatrical format.  Les Mis can do a huge london production with full symphony that they release or an actual film, but not likely would do well just to film the stage production now.  Hamilton probably would be then, it has years to run in NY and soon to be London and tours before they would want to do it.

Miss Saigon had a film of the stage production done, but who knew?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6162808/

A movie is should be in the works
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: DarkeningHumour on February 12, 2017, 09:55:07 AM
That just sounds like an unecessary loss of artistic memory.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: cinemareigns on February 13, 2017, 09:54:15 AM
Let The Right One In  at the Alley Theatre in Houston in a couple weeks.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on February 13, 2017, 11:40:10 PM
Let The Right One In  at the Alley Theatre in Houston in a couple weeks.

I didn't realize this was a play.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on February 13, 2017, 11:54:27 PM
Just go back from a high school production of Our Town. It has some of my favorite quotes in it.


Now there are some things we all know, but we don't take'm out and look at'm very often. We all know that something is eternal. And it ain't houses and it ain't names, and it ain't earth, and it ain't even the stars… everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you'd be surprised how people are always losing hold of it. There's something way down deep that's eternal about every human being.

Let's really look at one another! ...It goes so fast. We don't have time to look at one another. I didn't realize. So all that was going on and we never noticed... Oh, earth,you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every, every minute?
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on March 21, 2017, 04:34:17 PM
I'm sending the kids on April 1st to Wicked, but I'll be heading here instead.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2vllc78.jpg)  I <3 NY!

Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on April 20, 2017, 01:59:02 AM
Book of Mormon

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2v3t3xd.jpg)

I laugh and cringe the whole way through; laughing when the audience is laughing and even when they’re not, because the inside jokes abound. Once in a while, I glance around me at the faces, as they sit in surprised stupor, and then laugh some more. It’s a complete giggle fest. For all its lampooning, it never feels mean spirited. In fact, there is an abundance of affection and good will towards these young, idealistic missionaries. Calling out the naivete, yet at the same time appreciating the sincerity, is a wonderful mix. I can’t help but see the benefits of this attitude towards oneself too. When owning the flaws, don’t forget to recognize the qualities too. And as the play so well illustrates, it’s better to laugh about it all, than to cry.

“Turn It Off” is the best song of the night (and the show is full of great songs) and the best song of all the musicals I see this week. It captures a real cultural mien which is almost impossible to express and does so with sharp accuracy, but instead of allowing the pain to get too far, it tap dances its way into good feelings. What a stroke of genius.


Groundhog Day

(http://i64.tinypic.com/fm1kpf.jpg)

Two-word intimidation when it comes to adapting the film -- Bill Murray! I was skeptical whether the story would work without him and even more so if it could be made into a musical. Same songs over and over again? Is there any musicality in weather reporting? Does anything even rhyme with Punxsutawney?! 

I shouldn't have been concerned. This is Broadway after all. By the time this show got here, it had been work shopped to death and had a trial run at the Old Vic in London. So even if it didn't turn out great, it would still be pretty great. Outcome? It's great, really great. :)

About 7 minutes into the play, I forget all about Bill Murray. No disrespect, Mr. Murray! You know I love ya. It's just that Karl makes the part his own and becomes the lifeblood of the show. Technically, this show is like traversing a land mine! I heard that Andy Karl hurt himself last week during the last of the previews and had to finish the show using a cane. It doesn't surprise me in the least, because he is everywhere all at the same time, maneuvering around set pieces and moving stage parts. He came back to perform opening night and is trading off with his understudy, so he can heal. I'm sure his understudy is capable, but I really do believe Karl is the reason this show shines.

The other really shiny aspect is that Tim Minchin wrote the music and lyrics. He is the one who did the same for Matilda the Musical, with such skill and heart and here he pulls off a difficult range of songs, from arrogance, to debauchery, to suicide, to metamorphosis. Nicely done! The movie moves me. The play moves me to tears.


Come From Away

(http://i68.tinypic.com/260pv1k.jpg)

Canadians are the best! You done did good, Gander, Newfoundland! Talk about tears. Can a cast of 12, with a folk rock band at their side, represent a whole town and the nearly 7,000 airline passengers who were diverted there on the morning of September 11th? The answer is yes and they do it with grace and respect and needed humor.

This is a quieter, smaller production in the middle of Manhattan, but it's what theatre is made for -- to tell stories, and this one is a doozy. Small town doubles in size over night, with culture and language barriers to be bridged and fears and anger to be soothed and humanity to be celebrated. I found this show to be charming and cathartic.


Amelie

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2u40e89.jpg)

Yeah, my skepticism reared its ugly head again, pre-curtain time. When am I going to learn my lesson? This is such a sweet musical. It's quirky and full of heart, capturing much of what the film did. Yet they are different mediums, so they each bring something the other can't. And that's okay. Having the shy girl's inner feelings sung, is musicals at their best. Having a shy girl melt into a puddle, is cinema at its best. I want both versions.

Not having $2000 dollars to shell out for Hamilton, getting to see Phillipa Soo on stage here is a pretty great consolation!


The Price

(http://i63.tinypic.com/24b6789.jpg)

Gosh, I don't know what to say about this except to say, what a coup! Here I was, minding my own business, walking down 42nd street and I look up and right above me is a small marquee with Ruffalo, DeVito, Shalhoub and Hecht written on it. What? When? It turns out to be an Arthur Miller play. A parlor drama. I'm good with those! And yet, it could have been them reading laundry lists and I'd so be there! I run into the box office and buy up the three remaining seats and can't believe my luck that there is a box seat in the mix. I keep that one for myself!

It's a slow burn, taking its time, but when the interaction is between these consummate actors, I soak up all the dialogue and wish for more. Miller is great with psychological studies and the actors take the material, escalate the drama, send the emotions through the roof and I'm floored by the pain conveyed. When the dust settles, I see each one clearly and know why they are the way they are and see myself a little clearer too. It's good theatre.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Bondo on December 23, 2017, 12:00:12 AM
I suppose as a season ticket holder to the theatre I should probably be posting here.

Phantom

Just got home from this. Second time seeing it on stage. TBH I still find the film more engaging. I don't remember if I had this concern with the prior live staging or the film, but I definitely found that whenever more than two people were singing it just turned into a huge mess. Maybe part of this comes from the operatic aspect versus conventional musical theatre, but thinking of other big tunes that have a bunch of side melodies blending into one, One Day More and Non-Stop (from Les Mis and Hamilton respectively) just seem way more accomplished than something like Prima Donna. Phantom is more at home with purer showstoppers and the first act'd 90 minutes just flies by because it pretty much is just jumping from one hit to another. The shorter second act has a couple interesting things but feels somewhat anticlimactic here, absent the proximity of film to allow that deeper level of emotional acting.

I will say, the actual staging here was pretty impressive, using rotation of kind of a donut-shaped set to accomplish segway and travel. One particular touch I really appreciated is that when the stage is actually functioning as the opera house stage, it has the footlights circling the front. I hadn't noticed them cycling until one scene where the perspective shifts about 30 degrees so that the performance was facing to the right on stage right and stage left was the side/back stage, and thus the stage left footlights were tucked down while the stage right footlights were up.

This season I also saw Aladdin, which was a delight and properly expands the film with friends of Aladdin and Jasmine respectively to add some fun group song and dance, pulling a bit from Bollywood. I was less taken with Waitress. I imagine my concerns would retroactively hit at the film, which I enjoyed at the time. The relationship dynamics are a bit problematic. I sold my tickets to Finding Neverland because *shrugs while making noncommittal noise*. Still up this season is the play The Humans, School of Rock, Something Rotten, Jersey Boys, Chicago and the Phantom sequel Love Never Dies. In October (next season) I get Hamilton!
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: pixote on December 23, 2017, 12:11:41 AM
I don't like Phantom much at all, and you didn't miss anything with Finding Neverland. I'm debating myself whether to see School of Rock.

pixote
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on February 13, 2018, 08:37:08 PM
Tonight I am taking Mrs. 1SO to...

(https://imgur.com/GDOxbP6.jpg)
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Junior on February 13, 2018, 08:46:15 PM
The songs in the movie are very fun, and some of the set pieces should be cool in the translation to the stage. Let us know how it is!
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on February 14, 2018, 01:41:35 AM
Aladdin
* * * - Very Good


It's the plot that you knew,
with a small twist or two.


The only way I seem to be able to talk about these Disney Broadway adaptations is in terms of how faithful they are to the source and whether the new material adds or takes away. Beauty and the Beast is overly-faithful, The Lion King is expertly designed but the new material is terrible and the poorly-constructed first act of Mary Poppins is more than made up for with an amazing Act 2 (which is also where most of the new material can be found.)

Aladdin is rather brief for a Stage Musical (2hrs 15min, not counting the intermission), and the changes are necessary adjustments from Animation to Live Theater. The monkey, parrot and tiger are gone (all replaced by human characters) along with Jafar's snake transformation, and the Cave of Wonders is just a walk outside the city. They don't mess with the classics. "Friend Like Me" was a show-stopper before it ever went live, and it remains the highlight of Act 1, much like "Prince Ali" is the perfect energy raiser to start Act 2. "A Whole New World" captures the magic of the flying carpet and "One Jump Ahead" does what it needs to.

The best of the new material is replacing the monkey Abu with a trio of friends for Aladdin. Their two numbers ("Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim" and "High Adventure") are as good as the familiar tunes, possibly because Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics, but they're also expertly choreographed. "Somebody's Got Your Back" is another good new tune. The rest are largely forgettable but I wouldn't call them bad. Another plus is the opener, "Arabian Nights", which is brief in the movie but here introduces all the characters on the streets of Agrabah and has a strong Fiddler on the Roof vibe to the exuberant dancing.

I'm a fan of clever set design in a musical, easily impressed by the number of locations they can raise and lower into a single spot. For example, when this begins with Genie in front of dunes of sand, I expected the dunes to slide left and right to reveal Agrabah, but instead it rises up creating a canopy of fabric. The tiger head entrance to the Cave of Wonders is full-sized, and when Aladdin enters, the set splits in half to reveal the view of the tiger from inside the cave. While enjoying that bit of magic, all manner of gold pieces slide in from all directions and the transformation is complete.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: saltine on February 14, 2018, 02:48:21 AM
Flew to Melbourne to see Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.  5 Stars!!!!
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Bondo on February 14, 2018, 07:07:06 AM
Ended up selling my School of Rock tickets. Seeing The Humans on Sunday. The more important news is my next season was announced including Hamilton (which was previously announced), Book of Mormon, Les Mis, and Dear Evan Hansen and six others that I am somewhat less initially enthusiastic about. Should be a good year.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: don s. on February 14, 2018, 01:26:40 PM
Thursday: Hand to God
Friday: Hamilton
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 04, 2018, 05:55:20 AM
I am consumed with envy.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 26, 2018, 06:04:03 PM
Finished reading The Wolves and I was really taken with it. Hopefully at some point I'll be able to see it staged, because I feel like an effective presentation of it would be something to behold. The dialogue, I imagine, will push some people away, but I think it serves the exploration of adolescence and makes the times heavier topics crop up, both direct and indirect, all the more effective.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Bondo on November 12, 2018, 07:38:21 AM
I went to The Book of Mormon last night. It was something I was perhaps lukewarm to based on the cast recording, but man, it is a show that really needs to be seen in the full context of staging. Unlike some shows, this is one that has a lot of stuff beyond the songs on the album that help fill it out, so that is certainly part of it, but there are also just a lot of visual gags that obviously don't translate to an audio recording.

The friend who went with me isn't into the whole Broadway scene and she was like "you know who this guy reminds me of? Josh Gad."  ;D
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on November 12, 2018, 08:57:09 AM
Happy you had a great time with the show. It cracks me up just thinking about it. :)
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Monty on January 07, 2019, 12:58:59 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/dxCoD95.jpg)

True West (https://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Shows-Events/True-West.aspx)

Opposites attack in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about two brothers with more in common than they think. Holed up in their mother’s California house,
lowelife Lee (Ethan Hawke) and screenwriter Austin (Paul Dano) wrestle with big issues—and each other. Order vs. chaos. Art vs. commerce. Typewriter vs. toaster
...Shepard’s rip-roaring classic returns to Broadway, gleefully detonating our misguided myths of family, identity and the American Dream.

Anyone in New York going to see this.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Bondo on March 21, 2019, 05:58:29 AM
I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory last weekend. Thought it was quite poor. But more notably, I was shocked how they made it rather less suitable for children. I imagine there are some surprised parents when Veruca, instead of being selected as a bad egg/nut is ripped into about six pieces and her head thrown into the bad nut pile or Violet literally explodes into a stream of blueberry viscera. I'm obviously not a child but I've always been particularly bothered by gore in stage plays. Even though the fakeness of it is clear enough, there is just something too immediate about it. It's an issue I had with Pippin previously, and something I particularly can't imagine if I were seeing The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Just seeing the images of a Chris Pine-led staging of that one was enough to scar me. Anyway, too much of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was pure nightmare fuel, including the Oompa Loompas.

It is on the whole a very inventive staging considering all the special effects necessary, but not a good product when it comes to the crux of a musical, the songs.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: NedMeier on March 21, 2019, 07:18:27 AM
Got to finally see Hamilton this past weekend. My daughter saw School of Rock on Broadway over the summer and became obsessed with musicals. We got her the Hamilton soundtrack for Christmas, which has been played on repeat for 3 months. We were lucky enough to snag tickets when it came to Detroit and it was amazing!!! We went Sunday, just saw the Lin Manuel Miranda showed on to the Tuesday performance  :(
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: FLYmeatwad on March 23, 2019, 12:19:54 PM
Yeah, figured that Inish and Pillowman could be rough to see, Marty M definitely pushes the boundaries in that regard. I wish someone would stage The Wolves. If anyone can track it down, it's worth the 60-90 minute read regardless, it's one of the best plays I've read in a long time.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 11, 2019, 04:24:02 PM
Been getting back in to the swing of reading, and I'm not ever in NYC, really, so unlikely I'll see these things staged, which means I'm going to spotlight the plays I read in here. Plan to do that tonight or tomorrow, probably, this is just holding me accountable.

Additionally, once again, everyone should read The Wolves.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: FLYmeatwad on May 11, 2019, 09:39:05 PM
Hey! It's me, and I'm back to do that thing I said I was going to do.

Sweat - I ended up enjoying Ruined when I read it, but this one resonated more. Perhaps because we are still 'in it' when it comes to looking at how we got to Trump, though I'm wondering if that's more me inserting how it was pitched to me when it won the Pulitzer a few years back. The way it cuts between characters was cool, and, though it didn't immediately register to me (one, I was just getting back in to reading regularly, and also I'm sure it would have been plenty apparent seeing it staged), the way it contains the action to mostly one central location makes a lot of sense when looking at this community as a microcosm for communities as a whole and America at large. Haven't spent a ton of time in the rust belt, and likely got similar things from aspects of the game Night In The Woods, but I could recognize the authenticity from what little time I have spent there. Super impressed by the end.

Cost Of Living - The Pulitzer winner from two years ago, I was pretty hesitant to read this because, given the description and title, I figured that I 'got it' before even opening the book, but boy was FLY wrong. Some cool aspects in the stage directions, adjusting minor parts for the part of the world from which certain characters have their roots, and great to see a play willingly casting people with disabilities, but also insightful in how it explores different strata of society without sacrificing the emotional aspects of being human. Does have an NJ! NJ! NJ! feel, deliberately so, with a big focus on north/central(this probably exists, but I get why it's debatable) Jersey feel in most of the language. Not on board with how all of it's written, but they get a bunch of aspects right. Not surprising, given the location/title of the playwright's previous one, which I haven't read, but sounds super compelling as well. However, it would certainly make me cry earlier than this one did for some of the same reasons, but probably other ones that have to do with the text itself. This thing takes a turn that reframes things in a way that left me pretty floored. Again, would be cool to see staged, but well worth a read if anyone gets the chance as it works mostly on the page as well.

Dance Nation - One of the runner ups for the Pulitzer this year, apparently this sucker has been staged/kicking around since some time in 2017. I don't know what the qualification rules are, and the comparison would be easy to make with The Wolves (as I have seen done), because it's about a group of girls one the cusp of adolescence engaging in a communal sport, but, of the three I'm writing about proper, this would be the one I'm most interested in seeing staged. Unlike Wolves, there's a lot more going on with the way actors are cast, it makes a note that actors should be roughly ages 12-65 or something like that because we should be seeing these characters as girls, but also the actors as shadows of the women they will become. Plus there are some stage notes that seem almost impossible to pull off in a theatrical setting. Might have been my least favorite of the three, but still very good, especially in the moments where it monologues, and reading it the final page or two looked so fun and amazing on paper!

And, finally, I won't be writing about this in full, but I do hope I'll have a chance to see The Wolves staged at some point. That play is likely one of the best I've read in recent memory, and would have picked it for the award over Sweat that year. If you have a library, order it, check it out, whatever. Super quick read, the whole thing is supposed to be staged at a hard 90 minutes to mirror a soccer match, and just the best.

Got What The Constitution Means To Me, the other Pulitzer runner up, presumably coming to me at some point this month.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Bondo on June 08, 2019, 10:31:51 AM
I saw Dear Evan Hansen last weekend and I thought it was a phenomenal play. It was a so-so musical. It isn't a particularly music-heavy musical, in contrast to something like Hamilton that is essentially 100% sung through. The songs are not bad but I'm not sure any of them would be the type of thing I'm jazzed to have pop up on my iPod on shuffle to sing along to in the car. Still, there aren't many characters in the realm of musicals that has been more personally relatable than Evan Hansen. Perhaps on the spectrum, depressed/awkward/lonely, and in his attempt to be helpful gets in over his head. This last aspect made the whole play seem like a more emotionally fraught version of a Jeff storyline in Coupling. Anyway, highly recommended.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on June 25, 2019, 04:16:21 PM
The Investigation - A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts
★ ★ ★ - Very Good

Surprised this wasn't better promoted before and after. A live reading of the Muller Report starring Annette Bening, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow,  Michael Shannon, Noah Emmerich, Justin Long, Jason Alexander, Gina Gershon, Joel Grey, Alyssa Milano, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard, Piper Perabo, Zachary Quinto and Aidan Quinn. No new information, but events brought to dramatic life. MVP is Lithgow as Trump, not doing an impersonation but capturing the personality and making every word salad quote convincing. (In a very smart decision, he always steps on the last line of the person speaking before him.)

Most of the work belongs to Lithgow, Kline (as Robert Muller) and Annette Benning (as the narrator). Joel Grey does a great Jeff Sessions and Jason Alexander is an inspired choice for Chris Christie, as is Kyra Sedgwick for Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Some of the smaller roles seem unprepared, especially Aidan Quinn as Michael Cohen. They didn't knock it out of the park and some of the information if you don't know the names and dates this doesn't make it clear. What is clear are the Ten Acts, one for each charge of Obstruction against the President, and the reading effectively puts everything in the hands of Congress at the end.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Bondo on September 22, 2019, 05:52:14 PM
Miss Siagon is bad. Like, all the problems of Madame Butterfly (since it steals the bones of that story), but worse music. Coming from the same creative team as Les Mis, this seems like a La Croix version. Vaguely familiar style but without actually producing anything memorable.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on November 13, 2019, 12:16:18 AM
Ka
Cirque du Soleil show at Las Vegas' MGM Grand had my jaw on the floor for pretty much the entire 90 minutes. It does things I didn't know were possible in a theatrical production, including a double-decker stage that is completely detached from the floor, moving around on a hydraulic lift. It is introduced as a boat, rotating 360 degrees so that we can see the characters both on deck and inside the hull. In one of the more spectacular moves, the stage rises up completely vertical to become a cliffside. Archers in the audience stand on the handrails we use to get to our seats and fire actual arrows around the cast. This leads to a battle with people swinging up and down the (stage prop) arrows sticking out of the wall. Performers get knocked off, literally plummeting from the top of the stage to below the floor. That's just a five-minute sequence. Like I said, jaw on floor.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: Sandy on November 13, 2019, 09:14:09 PM
 :o

Vegas isn't so far from me! I must go see that!

(I've been wanting to see Beatles LOVE, but maybe I can fit in two shows. :) )
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 06, 2019, 11:33:55 PM
Bought a ticket for when The Wolves finally hits Philly in April! Didn't realize it was for one of the preview performances when doing so, but honestly don't even G.a.F. Cannot wait, this is, as I have said in numerous other threads, the best play I've read in years.
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: 1SO on December 31, 2019, 03:40:04 PM
(https://imgur.com/aoYIB00.jpg)
Title: Re: Theatre - The last play you saw, or are about to see
Post by: MartinTeller on January 23, 2020, 10:52:01 PM
I liked the movie Aladdin well enough (http://forum.filmspotting.net/index.php?topic=14226.msg898097#msg898097) when I finally saw it, but this is considerably better:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-77cUxba-aA