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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #100 on: February 04, 2018, 10:35:20 am »
Went to see Hamilton. It really does live up to the hype.
Was slightly worried that I wouldn't know enough about US history to fully appreciate it, but you can really go in with zero knowledge and you'll be fine.
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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #101 on: February 05, 2018, 01:06:40 pm »
You lucky so-and-so!

I looked for tickets a few months back and the cheapest I could find were £850 p/h  :o

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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #102 on: February 05, 2018, 04:35:38 pm »
I only recently realised that Hamilton wasn't about Neil Hamilton...   :facepalm:
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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #103 on: March 22, 2018, 08:42:25 am »
The Cherry Orchard. I discovered that Chekhov actually does story and characters, and even humour, rather than just impenetrable dialogue and odd effects. The only thing that slightly grated was the pronunciation of various Russian names, which was not only "wrong" but varied from actor to actor (some went to "Harkov" others to "Karkov", some said "Pee-oht-ruh" others "Pyott", etc), but I guess that's inevitable to to some degree, most people wouldn't know what was right (I can't really claim to know the correct pronunciation, mine would sound more like Polish so wrong in a different direction), and only secondarily important anyway. I went with my son, which was great because he has a slightly different take on everything.
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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #104 on: April 27, 2018, 10:29:27 am »
Half Breed. An hour-long monologue which was completely riveting, in part because the one monologueist played a few characters.
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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #105 on: July 15, 2018, 08:16:43 pm »
Forgot to mention.   Mrs B and I went to Cardiff last week to see Warhorse 1
Not impressed.   I suppose that I'd heard so many good things about it from other people that I was expecting better.
The story, which I knew, was weak and disjointed and the cast hesitant and shouty.
Maybe it's better with a more competent company, but I certainly wouldn't recommend this production.

1 Mrs B had expressed an interest in us seeing Titanic The Musical.  I absolutely refused.  We compromised.  Tickets for An Evening With Patti Smith for me and Warhorse tickets for her.  Patti won easily,  as Mrs B admitted.
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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #106 on: September 28, 2018, 12:17:41 pm »
Early Doors, stage production at the Armadillo in Glasgow.  :thumbsup:
If you liked the series, you'd have really enjoyed this. Funny, feel-good stuff, but we were sat a bit far back to see expressions clearly.
The set was very clever with the pub, kitchen and living room upstairs nicely done.
The mother and the cleaner were excellent, they were the funniest.

I got tickets to see Warhorse at the same venue, so a bit disappointed to read basils notes

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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #107 on: September 28, 2018, 06:49:13 pm »
You lucky so-and-so!

I looked for tickets a few months back and the cheapest I could find were £850 p/h  :o

I finally saw it the other week – after a long wait because we weren't paying stupid prices (we'd initially planned to see it in NYC, then saw how much...)

Knowing a bit of US history from the period is helpful, but not essential, the songs are very catchy and well done. On paper, it sounds like a terrible idea, but works brilliantly.

And my wife got us a box. I'm not asking what it cost, some things I don't want to know. I flinched at the price of a bottle of wine and it wasn't even fizzy wine.
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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #108 on: October 03, 2018, 11:54:45 pm »
Touching the void

Astonishingly good. Creating space, atmosphere, despair and angst on a tiny theatrical stage.

Go and see it when it tours.

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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #109 on: October 09, 2018, 11:27:53 pm »
"The Importance Of Being Earnest", a live broadcast from the Vaudeville theatre.   The critics seem disparaging, but I enjoyed it , and judging by the suppressed laughs so did the rest of the audience.


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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #110 on: October 20, 2018, 07:24:36 pm »
Just seen my niece in Cerano de Bergerac at The Lyceum, Edinburgh  :)
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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #111 on: December 27, 2018, 08:15:59 am »
As is a Christmas tradition in this household and in part to stop one of us from going postal with boredom, we tend to head out on Boxing Day, not to the shops and alike: hell getting stuff is what the internet is for, but for entertainment given that most (if not all) Christmas TV viewing is crap.

So, mid afternoon yesterday we followed the tradition which in previous years has taken us to see an pantomime (oh yes it did….), to the Royal Opera House for ballet, to the Alex for Spamalot and last year, to the dull fest which was Stafford Rangers V Stourbridge….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. This year’s destination was the Alex theatre Birmingham….

And talking about Birmingham, after an easy drive down the M6….no traffic queues to get off at J9 which confused us, we arrived at the end of the Aston Expressway turning off at the roundabout with the A34 to find that someone has built several hundred (okay perhaps not but it seemed that way) tower blocks around the university. It looks a right mess around there. Oh…and why block off the turn in Digbeth which takes you to the Bull Ring? It was a complete nightmare finding another way to our car park which didn’t involve long queues of traffic!

Anyway, arriving at the theatre to collect our tickets from the Box Office: we had only had the decision to attend three days earlier, the bloke in front of us was buying a ticket. CBH looked at me and I at her with the: “I bet he sits next to us” look. Well, she was half right as he sat in front of us. The reason for our look…. This gent smelt of urine so much so that people noticed as he walked by them. Then, when we got to our seats, CBH was sat next to “Billy Big Balls.” Why is it that some men are unable to sit with their legs closed? I am a man and I can. Its really irritating that some people take up other people legs space just because they don’t give a damn. We moved to a couple of empty seats as soon as the lights went down to get some fresh air and leg room.

Onto the play… “Benidorm” with five or six of the cast having starred in the long running TV series.

As we had arrived just before the start of the show we did not get to read the shows posters but I imaging the following: “A 107% hit” The Express, “Brave Brits getting one over on foreigners in the sun. I laughed so much I brought back up my sangria ” The Mail, “Tits, tits and more tits” The Star, “Not a laugh a minute, a laugh a second” The Sun and “A gritty in-depth exploration of working conditions in an overseas hotel” The Guardian….are things the posters would not have said. Instead, if I had been writing a review….er….then I would have used words like: “Mostly filler with little killer,” “some poor acting not helped by a poor script,” “They forgot to write a book to base this play on as what plot it had a two year old could see coming,” “two hours long...too long by two hours,” “the ice cream during the break was nice,” “Trainspotting in the rain at Sugarloaf is more fun” and “don’t bother unless you really, really, really, really don’t have anything else to do.

Yes, we enjoyed it……not. Not one of our best decisions but hey, what did we expect?

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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #112 on: December 27, 2018, 03:02:51 pm »
And talking about Birmingham [...] It was a complete nightmare finding another way to our car park which didn’t involve long queues of traffic!

This is, I reckon, the whole point in Birmingham.

(Blocking off that turn in Digbeth is IIRC somehow related to the pseudo-pedestrianisation of Ladywell Walk and the top of Hurst Street.  Traffic flows or something.  As a cyclist it's a small improvement, as you can nip up the pedestrian crossing past the barriers, rather than having to go up the hill or filter through a perpetual traffic jam.)
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Re: What was the last play you watched?
« Reply #113 on: December 29, 2018, 11:09:26 pm »
A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic.

It is rare that a production at the Old Vic fails to please, and this was no exception. Scrooge was outstanding, there were jokes and audience participation, and a sort of steampunk design streak that went from monochrome to colour as the transformation takes place.

A notable addition was Bob Cratchit being played by a deaf actress. Signing, translation and her being given her cues visually was great to see.

I hope I haven’t spoilt the story.
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