Other desert cities
Posted 05 November 2011 - 04:22 PM
Going tomorrow. Anyone see the original?
Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:45 PM
The set is beautiful and I don't think I've been as conscious of light ever before on a stage, but it captured a warm desert sun in the minimalist living room where all takes place.
This is a very funny play and the comedy, for me, beat the melodramatics, the latter of which went on too long in several places. This must be a very taxing part for Griffiths to play day in and out as much of the hysteria in this family emanates from her.
I felt the final secret contrived and a bit of a letdown; my friend did not.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 04:51 AM
I echo Yvonne's comments on lighting. The light changed, the intensity of the fire changed, even the direction of the light changed as the play evolved.
There were many seats empty tonight, and discounts are available.
Dee and I discussed the ending, which was a surprise to me. Afterwards, over a drink, we posited a few more alternative endings. It's that kind of play.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 04:44 PM
Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:04 AM
There's a somewhat more balanced flow of the drama now. In the initial cast, the sheer force of Griffiths, Channing, and Judith Light just sucked all the energy out of the room. The rage of the women was breath taking. Marvel's more restrained presentation, and a much more subtle Klein allow Stacy Keach to emerge more forcefully. The intensity is toned down, and the play's shifting of balance and alliances is more evident.
Justin Kirk (as the son) finishes tomorrow, Stockard Channing is expected to return in April.
It's running about 68% full, so discounts are widely available. Currently selling tickets through June
Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:29 AM
I know what you mean about Stockard Channing. But, having seen that play with her, I can hardly imagine it without her.