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Loudest gasp you've heard in the theatre  Feb 12 2020, 12:02:39 PM



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when Wee Thomas appears.

One of the biggest gasps and hardest laughs I've ever heard from an audience.

HANGMEN casting announced: Dan Stevens, Mark Addy, Tracy Bennett  Dec 4 2019, 01:53:51 PM

Having seen Jimmy Flynn as Mooney twice, I'm finding it hard to imagine little Dan Stevens in the role.  Whatever.  He'll sell tickets.

Johnny Depp to Produce New Michael Jackson Musical Told From His Glove's Point of View  Dec 2 2019, 01:34:55 PM

I suspect a joke is being perpetrated on us.  

Problems with the ending of Moulin Rouge  Dec 2 2019, 01:33:53 PM

Maybe a more competent actor in the role of Christian might have made his motivations clearer, and his actions a little more sympathetic.  Mr. Tveit's utter lack of response to the death of the woman he supposedly loves, as he holds her dead body in his arms, is one of the weirdest things I've ever seen onstage.  There's no comparison with that awful wail of anguish let loose by Mr. McGregor in the film.  But of course, Mr. McGregor is a fine actor.  Mr. T

OCTET at Signature Theatre  Nov 15 2019, 11:41:41 AM

Just got an email from Nonesuch announcing their release of the original cast album of OCTET, available now for download and on CD on January 17, 2020.  

OCTET at Signature Theatre  Nov 15 2019, 10:21:54 AM

Me too.  They should have done this better.  Clumsy in the extreme.  

OCTET at Signature Theatre  Nov 15 2019, 09:52:48 AM

Check out the Kickstarter page for a message about the email.  They've handled this badly.

Jagged Little Pill preview thread  Nov 6 2019, 08:19:04 PM

JAGGED LITTLE PILL is a tired batch of dysfunctional family cliches and Sodom In The Suburb tropes.  Loud and obnoxious and ever ready to lecture those of us unlucky enough to be in the audience, the songs are the saving grace of the experience, and I only wish they were performed with a little more care.  Way too many of the lyrics are simply unintelligible, and shortcomings in the production become more apparent, like the warmed-over Bill T. Jones choreography and the too busy set

Not Nominated / Should Have Won  Oct 31 2019, 01:40:11 PM

For Dave Malloy to have not won a single Tony for GREAT COMET is one of the vilest blights on the record of that award.  

Broadway’s “Memphis” 10 Years Later...  Oct 23 2019, 01:48:09 PM

Someone referred to MEMPHIS as being the kind of a show where a white guy walks into a black club and impresses everybody with how cool he is, and yeah.  I remember the character of a young man who was traumatized into perpetual silence by the sight of his father being lynched, and how clear it was that he would regain the power of speech at some climactic moment, and then later after that happened how clear it was that at some point somebody would tell him how they liked him better when

The Inheritance - Previews  Oct 23 2019, 09:42:38 AM

Wick, of course, points all taken, but I don't see how it can be claimed that THE INHERITANCE isn't trying to be a new version of HOWARDS END when the play basically begins by announcing that it is, in fact, a new version of HOWARDS END, obviously updated and all that.  Events, characters, at least one character name and at least one line of dialogue are taken directly from it.

The Inheritance - Previews  Oct 23 2019, 08:41:43 AM

Dolly80 said: Please. SEE THE WHOLE PLAY. And everyone needs to get over the endless Howard’s End connection- it’s not trying to be a new version of it."

Hmmm.  I seem to remember one of the cast, within the first few minutes of Part One, holding up a copy of the novel HOWARDS END and saying that he wanted to do his own version of it.  Anybody else remember that?  Just me?


THE GREAT SOCIETY closing Nov. 30  Oct 12 2019, 11:22:31 PM

A very bad play -- a staged reading of a wikipedia entry, with Brian Cox's performance as J. Edgar Hoover being a particular drag on the play, especially damaging since he's actually cast in the role of LBJ.  Some other actors stand around and deliver barely disguised historical exposition with varying degrees of commitment.  

Plenty of empty seats.  Looked like the mezzanine was deserted.  

First Look @ Mame in the UK!  Oct 11 2019, 02:24:59 PM

So they've decided to set it in a prison?

The Inheritance - Previews  Oct 9 2019, 08:43:59 AM

Capeguy said: "It's been many years since I have seen the film but I did read the book last month. The note was not burned exactly as in the play since that would require a fireplace but it WAS most definitelyburned.

I can see that I wasn't being clear -- I meant to refer to the perceived cheesiness of the letter being burned rather than the actual burning of the letter as not being part of the novel or the film.  Of course the letter, or more a

The Inheritance - Previews  Oct 8 2019, 09:25:41 AM

Capeguy said: "RE: SouthernCakes—Part 1 feels like a complete story, somewhat. (The two brothers burning the note felt very cheesy.)

You may want to read the book "Howards End" or see the film. There's a lot more to come in Part 2. The playdoesn't follow the book exactly, butthe "burning of the note" is in the book and has a lot to do with the rest of the story.

The Inheritance - Previews  Oct 6 2019, 06:48:34 PM

Skip23 said: "No. I meant ending.

Prob wont be seeing the second half.

Say more about the ending of Part One being a ripoff.  You can hide spoilers, or just send me a PM.


The Inheritance - Previews  Oct 4 2019, 03:00:32 PM

"JFC Roscoe --- we all get it -- you HATED the play.  Move on with your life and let the rest of the civilized world form their own opinions."

JFC JSquared -- we all get it -- you can't stand that someone might actually have their own take on the play.  Move on with your life and let the rest of the civilized world express their own opinions.

The Inheritance - Previews  Oct 4 2019, 08:42:16 AM

JBC3 said: "The issues some have with the writing and cliches is giving me flashbacks to Dada Woof Papa Hot in which John Benjamin Hickey also appeared."

DADA WOOF PAPA HOT at least put actual human beings onstage, an entirely solid piece of theater, and it was never extravagantly over-praised, none of I'd be able to say about THE INHERITANCE.


The Inheritance - Previews  Oct 3 2019, 11:42:48 AM

Sure, the play is an adaptation of E.M. Forster's HOWARDS END, which does indeed make certain scenes and events expected as it follows more or less those events with even occasionally lines taken directly from the book (Pencil never counts!) and others (that bag of books from the Strand helpfully includes at least one of the works the play in indebted to).  It's just the lack, to some of us, of very much of interest in what has been done with that familiar material that

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