Starring Tyne Daly as Maria Callas. Daly gives a stunning performance (and she looks great) and is successful in her monologues as well has her chemistry with other cast members but the play isn't as good as her performance. The monologues don't feel like anybody's voice and it skirts over her relationship with Onassis rather than looks at it in the detail it deserves. It doesn't seem sure of its audience either, is it about opera, is it about Callas or is about attracting a lot of Cagney and Lacey fans.
Absent Friends, Harold Pinter Theatre 2 February 2012
There are some that get the point of staging Alan Auckbourn's Absent Friends and there are some that don't. I don't. In Absent Friends it is a series of events and talking (someone on WhatsonStage.com discussion board compared it to Coronation Street, that is an insult to Corrie) there isn't a conclusion just a bunch of very good actors (Katherine Parkinson, Reece Shearsmith, Kara Tointon amongst others give strong performances) with a script that doesn't do them justice. I like a conclusion and I like to care what happens next off-stage. I didn't get that with Absent Friends.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Theatre Royal Haymarket 3 February 2012
The issue I had was a personal one. My awful, awful seats. The Theatre Royal Haymarket is a horrible theatre. I was stuck in the balcony on uncomfotable chairs and the inability to hear very much. Subtle facial expressions were missed (particularly noticeable as the stalls were laughing in the aisles and all the balcony poors looked confused at each other). Those sorts of theatres encourage the 'Them and us' attitude that puts a lot of the general public off attending plays. TRH has no right to charging anyone when they can't even see all the stage.
She Stoops to Conquer, Olivier Theatre 7 February 2012
I walked out at the interval is the nicest thing I can say about this play. It added to my belief that the early part of 2012 has been incredibly disappointing for productions at the National and I hope the newer season, which includes Antigone, with Christopher Ecclestone and Jodie Whittaker and Timon of Athens with Brain Tree favourite Simon Russell Beale is an improvement.
After Miss Julie, New Vic 14 April 2012
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