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PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 08:09am
First preview is tonight, anyone going this weekend, I have somewhat high hopes for this production and am praying roundabout doesn't somehow screw it up.
winston89
Broadway Legend
joined:6/18/06
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 09:04am
I hate to say it, but considering that it's Roundabout we're talking about, there will be a screw up. I saw their production of The Big Knife last season. Let's just say I wish I didn't.
"If you try to shag my husband while I am still alive, I will shove the art of motorcycle maintenance up your rancid little Cu**. That's a good dear" Tom Stoppard's Rock N Roll
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 09:22am
I'm seeing it tonight...
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 10:09am
I'm going to the mat tomorrow but I have no clue what the running time is. I wanted to meet someone after but I need some idea of what time-if you could post what time you get out tonight, iluvtheatertrash, I'd really appreciate it! Enjoy! (Rebecca Hall should be a delight at any rate.)
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 10:50am
Sure! I love Rebecca Hall.
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 10:58am
I like her, too.

Thanks for the info-I really appreciate it. (Trying to co-ordinate a busy day.)
Owen22
Broadway Legend
joined:2/24/11
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 11:36am
Did anyone see the early 90's revival at the Public. It was revelatory, and is what really introduced us (for better or worse) to Michael Grief (his best effort IMO).
somethingbypuccini 2
Stand-by
joined:5/12/13
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 11:56am
I'll be there tonight as well.
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 12:25pm
I'm hearing it's running under two hours.
AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 12:41pm
It's a short play that should be performed without an intermission. I imagine it would come in around 1:45.

I'm going tomorrow.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
Updated On: 12/20/13 at 12:41 PM
Luv2goToShows
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/09
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 01:27pm
Roundabout posted the run time on their website: 90 minutes no intermission
cknick
Stand-by
joined:5/9/13
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 04:15pm
Anyone know how the view from the rear mezz is at the American Airlines? I'm thinking of getting a HIPTIX.

Updated On: 12/20/13 at 04:15 PM
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 04:53pm
The theatre is actually pretty small. Rear mezz isn't bad at all.
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 10:16pm
So any reports?
somethingbypuccini 2
Stand-by
joined:5/12/13
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 10:24pm
I was pretty unimpressed. The design was interesting, and the supporting cast were all decent. Rebecca was very very bland. She had a few nice moments, but for the rest of the performance she found a way to simultaneously over act and still be forgettable. Her best scene was "Intimate" with Morgan Spector. That was the only time the production really worked for me. Spector was wonderful and so very sexy. Michael Cumpsty was also great. But it was pretty much what I've come to expect from Roundabout.
pacificnorthwest
Stand-by
joined:5/29/03
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 10:42pm
Thought it was quite polished for a first preview, except for one scene (Intimate) where a large window shade was still being removed from one side of the turning set as the scene there began. Loved the look of the sets and the staging and overall thought the acting was excellent, although I can understand why Rebecca Hall could be considered somewhat flat. I thought it was more of an affect of the character than uninspired acting, but I could well be wrong. Having said all that, I didn't love the story itself or the sparse, staccato style of dialogue; especially disliked it in the office early in the play. Just my two-cents' worth.
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 10:44pm
What was polished about it besides Ms. Hall's performance? Throughout the entire evening, the audience listened to the crew moving furniture behind the scenes. The non-stop noise was so irritating, I could barely enjoy the work Hall was doing.

I understand it's a first preview... But Lordy, Lordy...

In other news, Rebecca Hall is just as great as I thought she'd be.
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 10:45pm
Have to concur. My God, Spector in that shirt... His arms. He'll be the hunk of the season if they find a way to get that shirt off.

I really enjoyed Hall's performance as opposed to another poster. Thought it was a highlight in an otherwise frustrating evening. This will definitely divide people.
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
Machinal
Posted: 12/20/13 at 11:22pm
One last thought:

First preview flubs aside, there are some interesting moments. I was happy to see this play. It always fascinated me, though I'm still not sure why.
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
TalkinLoud
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/09
Machinal
Posted: 12/21/13 at 12:19am
So I haven't seen the production, but there the play is scripted to have lots of off stage noise. iluvtheater, are you sure you were hearing crew moving pieces? Or were you just hearing the sounds that are supposed to occur during the play?
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
Machinal
Posted: 12/21/13 at 12:28am
its suppose to be like mechanical scraping and what not right?
somethingbypuccini 2
Stand-by
joined:5/12/13
Machinal
Posted: 12/21/13 at 12:29am
No it was definitely the crew. You could also clearly see them moving set pieces on and off during the scenes. It was very distracting.
AntV
Leading Actor
joined:12/23/12
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Posted: 12/21/13 at 04:53am
Updated On: 1/9/14 at 04:53 AM
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
Machinal
Posted: 12/21/13 at 05:22am
^ id be shocked if she was the play was written in the 20s...
WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel
Broadway Legend
joined:5/26/05
Machinal
Posted: 12/21/13 at 05:54am
I was there last night and couldn't wait for it to be over. I liked most of the acting, but the text itself, save for the scene in bed with Hall and Spector, was unbearable.

For a first preview I thought all of the actors were on the same page about the style in which they were to perform and the pacing needed for the clipped dialogue.

The set was massive and when it first started to spin around I was worried it wasn't going to be able to make the turn. There were so many long transitions between the scenes as Hall walked around the set. I don't know if any of these moments were in the script or if they were added for this production, but maybe they could pare some of that stuff down.

If you are a Rebecca Hall fan it might be worth a visit, but the play was so frustrating for me that I find it hard to recommend to anyone.
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After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
Machinal
Posted: 12/21/13 at 06:09am
I thought it was an effective production, well conceived, directed, and desgned. The rotating set was very impressive. Roundabout certainly goes all out in that department.

The play itself has problems, especially in the beginning with its staccato, stylized dialogue which at times prompted unwanted laughs. The office scene was particularly trying in that regard, as were some of the stream-of- consciousness outbursts by the lead character. Yet the play successfully conveyed the alienation and desperation of a person suffocated by life and unable to connect to the world around her. The play grows steadily in power as it goes on, and provides moments of compelling drama. It also has a haunting, poetic quality as the protagonist seeks out the natural world for some sort of emotional connection. I thought that Rebecca Hall conveyed the character's psychological torment very well, and Morgan Spector was excellent in the play's best scene. The director's smooth and steady hand and perspicacious attention to detail were both commendable.

All in all, I'd say it's worth seeing.



Updated On: 12/22/13 at 06:09 AM

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