Archive for the ‘theatre’ Category

a doll's house at the donmar in london

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

this post is coming a bit late. –24 june, caught an updated version of ‘a doll’s house’ at the donmar theatre (warehouse) in central london. the henrik ibsen play had been somewhat updated and is now set in the uk. nora is the wife of a politican whose a member of parliament. the cast includes tobey stevens, christopher eccleston, and gillian anderson as nora. more details about the play later. the donmar warehouse is an intimate, relaxed place to catch a play. ‘a doll’s house’ has gotten good reviews which are highly deserved. even tobey stevens, whose sort of a terrible film actor (emphasis on film) was good.

gillian anderson signs autographs following her performance at the donmar theatre in london

gillian anderson signs autographs following her performance at the donmar theatre in london

philip seymour hoffman directs riflemind in west end in london

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

rilfemind, written by aussie andrew upton (aka, cate blanchett’s husband) and directed by oscar award winning actor, philip seymour hoffman is probably one of the worst plays i’ve seen since i was conceived. john hannah (4 weddings and a funeral) and ruth gemmel (fever pitch) star in this play about a once successful band (somewhere between the rolling stones and the police) who are intent on touring again.

Riflemind With John Hannah Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in London's West End

Riflemind With John Hannah Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in London's West End


the middle-aged (and post-middle-aged) foggies talk about the most mundane trash imaginable. it’s a male fantasy play about nuddling and ‘talk’ surrounding men being wrapped around womens’ private parts. oh and i should mention, the lone female in the band is relegated to the sidelines, unless it’s got something to do with sex. and all the men are dressed like alter-egos of philip seymour hoffman. converse shoes (what self-respecting brit wears converse?), washed out t-shirts and blue jeans. yet another reason film stars should stick to what they know best. the financial times was gracious enough to give the play merely a bad review.

kenneth branagh returns to the stage in ivanov

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

kenneth branagh, once known as the ken in ‘ken and emma’ while he was married to emma thompson oh so many years ago, has returned to the stage in anton chekov’s ‘ivanov.’ the reviews so far have been stellar. the london production of the tom stoppard adaptation has garnered 5 star reviews from both the guardian and the independent. the bits in the play about capital got much laughter from the crowd. i attended a performance today and wasn’t able to get much in the way of photographs. apparently branagh took off immediately after curtain call.

Kenneth Branagh Stars in Ivanov at the Donmar Theatre in London

Kenneth Branagh Stars in Ivanov at the Donmar Theatre in London

more images god of carnage actress

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

someone requested more snapshots of tasmin greig. i prefer the ones already posted, but here are a couple of more of her taken after a ‘god of carnage’ performance in london. the english language debut recently opened in the city and stars greig, janet mcteer and ralph fiennes along with that guy from ‘fever pitch.’ no not the jimmy fallon version. but the colin firth version. christopher hampton (dangerous liaisons) translated the play into english from the original french.

Tasmin Greig hanging with her audience

god of carnage photos tamsin greig and janet mcteer

Monday, April 28th, 2008

here are some photos of the actresses tamsin greig and janet mcteer signing autographs by the stage door saturday, following the 26 april performance of yasmina reza’s ‘god of carnage,’ which opened last month in london. as previously mentioned, neither ken stott nor ralph fiennes bothered to come out. but perhaps it had something to do with the theatre being in the middle of boyz town.

Janet McTeer Signs a Few

Tamsin Greig following matinee performance

yasmina reza continues her courtship with london audiences

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

‘god of carnage’ opened in london last month. the play, written by yasmina reza, who wrote the oft performed ‘art,’ was translated by christopher (dangerous liasons) hampton. it’s directed by matthew warchus whose ‘lord of the rings’ debacle is set to close shortly. i’m sure it wasn’t his fault. frodo as theatre. hmmm.

ralph fiennes, janet mcteer, tamsin greig and ken stott all put in great turns. overall the oddly funny play, which manages to simultaenously be politically correct yet incorrect, is just short of fabulous. it was like watching that french film about the strange life of the bourgeoise that everyone who has ever taken an introductory film course has been forced to watch.

the play, which takes place at the gielgud theatre in london, features 2 sets of parents who get together to discuss a fight between their children. the one act play which goes on for about 2 hours (more or less) fell short on one or two occassions. the bits about saving dafur and how 8 year old sudanese children with guns makes one realize that one kid hitting another with a stick is trivial stuff… well, it is a spiessig concern. and between george clooney and angelina jolie and now yasmina reza and christopher hampton hitting us over the head again and again with dafur and all the horrible things happening in africa (which btw, is actually making a great leap forward with the help of the chinese government). well, it makes me want to puke just as tasmin greig did on stage.

janet mcteer, who won a golden globe for something or another, and tasmin greig were sports enough to grace the audience with their presence afterwards to sign a few autographs and pose for a few photos. pictures of both are forthcoming. the women were able to quickly change and come out and greet a few people. yet the men weren’t. funny that.