Saturday, February 24, 2007

I am not a dull boy

Because I am working and playing very hard this weekend. I am going to hear Rufus Wainwright recreate Judy Garland's legendary 1961 performance at Carnegie Hall tomorrow in London (backstage passes no less!). On Friday, I saw Fiona Shaw in Deborah Warner's production of Beckett's Happy Days at the National. None of the reviews online really capture my feelings about the play. I went to see it with a friend who thought it homourous because of its healthy dose of self-mockery. I was overwhelmed by the blackness of the comedy, the bleakness, the immense hollowness of our most familiar, physically proximate relationships. Shaw held the audience buried in a mound of rubble up to her waist in act 1, and her neck in act 2. No mean feat, particularly when the only other thing you can see most of the time is the back of Willie's head.

Comments:
backstage pass? make a pass. ;)


and did you see the nuri bilge ceylan photos at the National?
 
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e: No didn't make a pass, was too shy, plus he looked kinda bored posing for photographs with his fans. we did get to mingle with various minor celebrities including mr gandalf, the female teacher in 'history boys' (the movie), and a boyishly cute man with curly hair whom i've seen do some sort of silly comical arbitrary quiz show thing on TV. and a very famous actress whose name i can't remember. it was like being a rookie journalist for heat magazine.

dan b: thanks! b for baer?
 
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