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Yet another theatre roundup 
8th-Mar-2011 12:50 pm
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Because I don't already do enough theatre blog posts, right? But I thought this meme, which I got from 3rdspearcarrier's LJ might be fun because although I've already reviewed these 10 recent shows, answering the random questions might throw up things I hadn't thought of at the time. So, before I start another batch of theatre trips, here's the last ten:

List the last 10 things you saw at the theatre in order:
1.The Heretic (Royal Court Downstairs)
2.The Children's Hour (Comedy)
3.The Biting Point (Theatre 503)
4.Penelope (Hampstead Upstairs)
5.By Jeeves (Landor)
6.Our Private Life (Royal Court Upstairs)
7.Company (Southwark Playhouse)
8.Losing It (Menier)
9.Moment (Bush)
10.Winterlong (Soho)

Who was the best performer in number one (The Heretic)?
There were a lot of people in this I already liked, and who gave as good a performance as I expected, so I'll say Johnny Flynn as he was new to me, and was charming and funny as a rather socially inept, overly earnest student.

Why did you go to see number two (The Children's Hour)?
To be honest it's more because it was bound to be one of this year's big "event" shows and I like to be in the loop. Also because I booked early, figuring that if the reviews were amazing there wouldn't be any tickets available at sane prices later on.

Can you remember a line/lyric from number three (The Biting Point) that you liked?
Er, no. And it wasn't a playtext programme so I can't even cheat. There was probably something amusing involving Kerplunk though.

What would you give number four (Penelope) out of ten?
Heh, I've landed on the same tricky one as 3rdspearcarrier for this one. A seven? Some really inspired stuff there but a tendency towards lengthy monologues, which was a shame because the characters' interaction provided the strongest moments.

Was there someone hot in number five (By Jeeves)?
Eh, not really. I mean, Kevin Trainor and Brendan Cull I probably wouldn't say no to if they asked nicely, but nobody who'd make me embarrass myself by whimpering in public if they looked at me.

What was number six (Our Private Life) about?
Small-town life, family tensions, damaging gossip, gayness and, of course (since it was in the RC Upstairs) underage sex of one kind or another.

Who was your favourite actor in number seven (Company)?
I guess Rupert Young as he has to carry the show with a character who's pretty hard work to like. It was a very strong ensemble though.

What was your favourite bit in number eight (Losing It)?
In the Q&A afterwards, Ruby Wax almost losing her rag with an evangelical Alcoholics Anonymous member in the audience, who wouldn't shut up about how AA is totally amazeballs; despite the amount of times Wax replied that her show was about mental illness which doesn't have an existing support network, and that AA can't/won't offer help to a depressive who doesn't have an addiction. (She knows; she tried.)

Would you see number nine (Moment) again?
I wouldn't go out of my way to, but it was enjoyable enough so maybe if I had nothing else to do.

What was the worst thing about number ten (Winterlong)?
Probably the unremitting misery of it all.

Which was best?
For the most part this was a so-so collection of shows for me; I think Our Private Life for its mix of comedy and real darkness, that sort of thing appeals to me - and it was one of those shows you come out of quite exhilarated.

Which was worst?
Not a reflection on this cast or the production in general, which were good, but By Jeeves did nothing to make me think the show's reputation as a dud is undeserved.

Did any make you cry?
No.

Did any make you laugh?
Yes - The Heretic, Our Private Life, Penelope, Moment. Interestingly all shows which were not straightforward comedies but mixed some other harsher element in with the humour.

Which roles would you like to play in any of them?
By Jeeves featured a vicar, which seemed to be almost invariably what I got cast as in my acting days. But it would involve me singing, which is always A Bad Thing. But I did always wonder if I could pull off sprechgesang, so...

Which one did you have best seats for?
About half of these were at theatres with unreserved seating, and I tend to get into the queue early for those, so you'll often find me front row centre. None of this lot had terrible seats although the worst/furthest from the stage was The Children's Hour which was also, of course, the most expensive.

And there we have it. Anyone give a shit that I did this? Should I do it again sometime?
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8th-Mar-2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
I like these 'cos I'm utterly useless at writing reviews, but I do think they're good at making me think about aspects that I otherwise might not have. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes... not. :-)

In all my attempts to date I've never been able to answer question three properly (last time it was a Shakespeare and a quote I already knew, so doesn't really count).
8th-Mar-2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
I like these 'cos I'm utterly useless at writing reviews, but I do think they're good at making me think about aspects that I otherwise might not have. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes... not. :-)

Even though I do write reviews I quite liked doing this as a bit of a roundup of recent stuff because on the one hand my reviews are very much immediate impressions, and on the other when I come to look back over the whole year there's stuff where I go "I saw that? Really?" So it's nice to have something in between, to kind of reassess what I thought of stuff.

In all my attempts to date I've never been able to answer question three properly (last time it was a Shakespeare and a quote I already knew, so doesn't really count).

Yeah, I think if there is a great line you want to remember, chances are the rest of the play's pretty good anyway, so you get swept along in the next thing instead of sitting there mulling it over. I could have done it if the play had been Clybourne Park but then I wouldn't have anyway (not because of the language since this a sweary enough blog already; more because I wouldn't want to spoil it for people.)

So I may give it another go in ten plays' time.
9th-Mar-2011 01:22 am (UTC)
What a lovely icon, good sir. :D

Nick, I love these sorts of memes; they're good for getting brief impressions of shows. Although I always find myself wanting you to answer all the questions for all the shows. :D
9th-Mar-2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
You do think "oh this would have been a better question for the next play" but I guess that's the point, it falls randomly so you just have what you're stuck with.
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