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  • John @ Signature Theatre Co.  Aug 26 2015, 11:49:29 AM

    The old lady sitting next to me kept sighing audibly throughout the third act, and one woman found Kitty's offer of Vienna fingers hilariously funny for some reason, but folks seemed quite attentive overall at the performance I saw.  

  • John @ Signature Theatre Co.  Aug 25 2015, 10:46:04 AM

    And the little touch that she still calls him "sir."

  • Nine -- Why?  Aug 24 2015, 11:55:47 AM

    ^^^ Guido is also likable -- he's just plain likable, even as his less admirable qualities are spilled all over the screen.  I always suspected that the late unlamented Anthony Minghella had a big hand in the gloomification of the script.  Day-Lewis doesn't help matters -- he's so busy being so very tortured it's hard to work up any sympathy or interest in the guy, he's got none, and I mean NONE, of the charm that animated Mastroianni's Guido in Fellini's

  • John @ Signature Theatre Co.  Aug 24 2015, 11:33:28 AM

    JOHN the play does set up some questions, and it only answers some of them.  The ambiguities strike me as being very rigorously worked out, I'm not seeing any laziness going on here.  At all. Things are said, and then contradicted.  One character says that they don't drink, and we are later led to doubt that.  And as I recall, there's more than one John.  Ms. Baker offers us what a certain character in THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAX

  • Nine -- Why?  Aug 24 2015, 11:29:22 AM

    The film's rampant miscasting is a matter of public record -- only Marion Cotillard rises above the sewage.  For me the film's most grotesque miscalculation was the utter GLOOMINESS of the proceedings -- everybody's suffering all over the place is amped to such a level that the movie just winds up being a colossal downer, rather than the joyful comedy that Fellini's original film is.

  • John @ Signature Theatre Co.  Aug 24 2015, 10:49:15 AM

    Different plays for different folks, it seems.

  • John @ Signature Theatre Co.  Aug 24 2015, 10:31:08 AM

    "Oh thanks Roscoe. I thought you were saying that she was reciting something to Jenny about the sunset since she obviously wasn't reading what she wrote down. I'm not familiar with The Call of Cthulhu, but just googled and it sounds fascinating. Is it worth tracking down and reading?"

    Kitty might have been reciting something to Jenny about the sunset, it might be a quote or something.  Hard to say.  The extreme vocabulary she uses was surprising, but it later

  • John @ Signature Theatre Co.  Aug 24 2015, 10:24:11 AM

    mamaleh said: "While I didn't find the play entirely satisfying, I did find myself smiling every time Georgia Engel spoke. She's like a walking endorphin.  POSSIBLE SPOILER:  Speaking of  her movement, does anyone know whether her limp was totally restricted to her character, or does she have some mobility issues?  Even if so, she negotiates those long stairs well.  "

    Ms. Engel's performance is a marvel, a fascinating und

  • John @ Signature Theatre Co.  Aug 24 2015, 10:10:25 AM

    Whizzer -- I meant the scene where Kitty is reading to Genevieve.  She's reading a passage from "The Call Of C'thulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft of all things.

  • John @ Signature Theatre Co.  Aug 24 2015, 10:08:25 AM

    "It's either the year the house was built or it was the address."

    I didn't spot the number on the transom.  I remember the detail about the arms and legs piling up outside the hospital appearing in Ken Burns' CIVIL WAR TV series.  Maybe Kitty's exagerrating...

    I did spot Eli mouthing the words "She's creepy" to Jenny when they first meet Kitty.  

  • John @ Signature Theatre Co.  Aug 24 2015, 09:55:08 AM

    "That assumes that what you're watching, listening to, and seeing is actually worth watching, listening to, and seeing, and not just a lot of hooey"

    Completely missing the point of a fascinating and complex piece of theater and dismissing it as "hooey" -- it happens round here, too.

  • John @ Signature Theatre Co.  Aug 24 2015, 09:38:36 AM

    "That assumes that what you're watching, listening to, and seeing is actually worth watching, listening to, and seeing, and not just a lot of hooey."

    One person's intriguing piece of fascinating theater is another person's load of hooey.  Difference of opinion -- it happens round here.

  • John @ Signature Theatre Co.  Aug 24 2015, 09:19:36 AM

    I saw the play over the weekend and was most impressed with it.  The three hours went by most agreeably, I never felt that my time was being wasted.  I can certainly see that the play won't be everybody's cup of tea, but it sure was mine.


    I appreciated the restraint of the play, the mystery and obscurity, the noises and bumps and flickering lights.  The narrative, such as it is, raises some questions, and I enjoyed waiting to see which would get answe

  • The One Cast Album Never Recorded You Want  Aug 13 2015, 04:24:16 PM

    I'd buy the cast album to Dave Malloy's PRELUDES -- that trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro was marvelous.

  • Julie Taymor's Midsummer Night's Dream Reviews  Jun 23 2015, 08:41:26 AM

    The language got plenty of attention -- this production wasn't as over-loaded with visual gimmickry as I was expecting it to be.  Taymor even seemed to be working hard to concentrate on the actors at the expense of the settings -- there were actually times when I wanted her to pull back so I could get a fuller view of the set/projections.  This was as much an actor's production as a designer's production.  The big fight between the two couples was handsomely brought off, and Ca

  • Keira Knightley will make Broadway debut in Therese Raquin  Jun 10 2015, 11:18:27 AM

    The story is basically THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, but it's French so it's classy.

  • 2015 Tony complaints  Jun 8 2015, 09:49:08 AM

    They seem to have adjusted Cerveris' wig and glasses so that he looks less like Austin Powers.

    And what's up with GIGI?  They all seemed to have discovered cocaine rather than champagne.

    The need to rush everyone got annoying -- they could have spare us all those annoying pre-commercial break spots where Cumming and Kristin were being all cutesy and allow some people a chance to breathe.



  • Ring of keys  Jun 8 2015, 09:24:50 AM

    A more interesting question is what possessed the TV director to cut away from that little girl in the middle of that song -- TV Stupidity at its most blatant.

  • The Flick returns to New York  May 18 2015, 09:12:43 AM

    Would anyone who has seen this at The Barrow Street Theatre please comment on ideal seating for this staging?

    It couldn't hurt to sit a few rows back.  I was sitting I believe in the fourth row center and had a fine view.

    Interesting the games they seem to be playing about the play's running time.  The website says three hours, one intermission, rather than three hours plus one 15 minute intermission.  The night I saw it, running times for both a

  • Is 39 Steps worth seeing?  May 18 2015, 09:06:24 AM

    In a word -- no.  Rent the Hitchcock classic instead.