poisonivy2 said: "I think I got all the subtexts of The Band's Visit. The loneliness, the regret, the life choices, and the crossing of cultural and linguistic divides through music. I mean it's not THAT subtle: "Answer Me" is one big long cry of loneliness, and music soothes the crying baby to sleep and the quarreling couple to a reconciliation. Music connects Dina and Tewfiq. I just didn't think the musical came together all that well. I felt like there were s
The Chichester production was excellent. (Except for some of the accents). Sharon D Clarke is a phenomenal singer and a pretty good actor and did a great job, but my God, I'd love to see Patina Miller in this part.
Sure, I don't disagree with that. But it makes no sense to say that Groban "didn't deliver a large enough audience" when he clearly did. He can't be blamed for the failings of the show itself or its producers.
What? No one was expecting Groban to deliver a Midler audience. He did exactly what he was supposed to and kept the show going as long as he was there. Not even Midler could keep a show going after she leaves. I have seen Groban sing before and I love his voice (I'm not a big fan as I generally hate the material he chooses to sing, except the musical theatre songs). I was not expecting much from his acting, and as a great fan of War and Peace, he blew me away. He represented Pie
VotePeron said: "No offense to him, but Oak's "opinion" on Mandy means N O T H I N G. Again, Oak is an employee who signed a contract and wasn't even being let out of it - he was going to be paid!
I'm not saying this wasn't handled correctly, but I am saying that we have got to STOP putting the weight of this disaster on whether or not Oak was ok with it. If shows only ever followed suit with what actors were and were not ok with, it would be cala
That is appallingly tone-deaf. This is in no way Oak's fault. Even Malloy's statement was disingenuous, as there is no possible equivalence between an easily explained "vacation" and getting rid of your star three weeks early. All of this stinks to high he
I've been lurking for a long, long time and only started regularly commenting recently. In my opinion, the board is no more confrontational now than it has ever been. The difficulty comes (as it always does) when people state their opinions as facts and/or cannot bear to hear any criticism of their favourite shows.
And all of that is fine. You don't have to love it. You don't have to find it a well written show. What you do have to do is acknowledge where there are rules and where there are not rules.
I was in NYC. I was in lower Manhattan. I was evacuated from my office. I ran up FDR Drive, with the debris falling down. I lost people who I knew and with whom I went to college. I looked back, as the second tower came down, and was pushed over by other fleeing people. The fire i
Don't worry about offending me. I promise you, I am older than you. No one who lived through 9/11/01 could possibly fail to understand why Me and the Sky should make anyone feel uncomfortable. Just in case you are in any doubt, it's 9/11 that should make the audience feel unsettled - not anything to do with "their memories of growing up and navigating through life."
As for experience, well, who's to say. There are 6 year old refugees on ships in the Mediterra
Perhaps, and I'm just spitballing here, the contrast between the charming, coming of age "suddenly I am a mother" and the last lines is, dare I say...deliberate. Perhaps they were designed to "land on the ear like a bunch of metal pots falling out of a cabinet." (Not bad, by the way). Perhaps they were designed to make you feel uncomfortable. Perhaps they were designed to remind those of us who were there how we felt when we were suddenly thrust into a new world.
G&D, I don't pretend to know everything. I don't pretend to know most things. I do know how to write. And I know three things about writing in English: repetition can make your argument stronger; follow grammatical rules, at least until you become Joyce or Nabokov and can break them with impunity; and beyond that, there are no rules.
GeorgeandDot said: "^The rest of my post was an opinion, but the part about the "rule" is a fact. The use of the word "suddenly" is highly discouraged because it can throw your whole thought off balance and make you sound amateurish. That is not my opinion, it is an actual rule that many professional writers can confirm with you."
It's not a "rule." In no way is it a rule that the use of "suddenly" repetitively means that a piece is not well written. It is your opinion. And there are some clunky lines, yes, but no more than in other shows. I completely disagree that the songs are hard to find, as they are quite distinctive from each other.
I think the best person for the role ought to be chosen for all roles, barring any legal concerns such as authors getting involved. Shakespeare is "period" and Shakespeare has close to colour-blind casting here in the UK, and the results are much the better for it. They should do colour-blind casting for all roles, whether or not white performers are "good enough."