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Posted: 1/30/19 at 12:07am

Saw this off Broadway a few years ago and loved it. Curious about how the monologue about the Hayden Planetarian at the end of the play will or can be understood by a London audience. Seems like a very New York specific topic. Will Lonergan do some rewrites here?

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Posted: 3/1/19 at 9:19am
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Posted: 5/17/19 at 12:18am

Bumping to get some preview feedback.  I think previews started this week? Thanks!

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Posted: 5/21/19 at 6:36pm

mc1227 said: "Bumping to get some preview feedback. I think previews started this week? Thanks!"

I personally didn't particularly like it but also didn't hate it. It was definitely too long but somehow I didn't lose focus too often, the book would need extensive work and Elizabeth McGovern's role as the wife was disappointingly small which was not obvious considering that they rather heavily use her picture to promote the play. I found the character of Angela uninteresting, not sure if that was the book's fault or the acting (my friend flat out hated the performance).

I think the monologue about the planetarium remained rather effective and was probably the better part of the play, even if someone doesn't have any personal connection to the place.

In general, initial audience feedback is rather mixed to negative (minus the "OMG, this was my first ever West End play and it was amazing" people). My guess is that they'll have to rely on the names rather than the reviews to sell tickets.

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Posted: 5/21/19 at 7:41pm

Thanks for the feedback dbird.  The wife role is rather small but in the NY production several years ago, J. Smith Cameron played the wife and she brought a lot to it and made the long time married couple very believable.  I suppose it didn’t hurt that she was married to Lonergan, the writer/director, so that was probably a big advantage.  

I loved that production but it was a bit long at that time as well.  Perhaps there will be a bit more tweaking before the official opening.  

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