Apr. 20th, 2013 | 09:08 pm
I also have a couple still in draft from plays I saw weeks and weeks ago and got preliminary thoughts written down but was too busy writing grant application and marking essays to finish writing up. I should get back to those, because King Lear was awesome, and so was Krapp's Last Tape (and I had the unique experience of not wanting to move enough to dislodge the banana peel that got thrown on my foot). :) (Why is it that the Shakespeare play I really didn't like when I read it is the one I've been so lucky to see outstanding productions of?)
Something that I didn't mention in the review: The play was good enough that I forgot my back hurt for two hours. And that's really saying something, considering that the seats in the Gate are not what you'd call comfortable seats. (And I say this while having very strong opinions about the set design and what the director shouldn't have done.)
Jun. 6th, 2012 | 06:40 pm
Oct. 8th, 2011 | 01:02 am
( And now for a rant and a video . . . Collapse )
Oct. 7th, 2011 | 11:58 pm
state of mind: contemplative
16 Possible Glimpses has been 10 years in the works. donnaustin thinks it's the best Marina Carr play he's seen yet. (I'd probably lean more towards Woman and Scarecrow for its sheer power and poetry. But, I think 16 Possible Glimpses would probably balance very well with Woman and Scarecrow as two sides of facing death.) It's definitely more accessible than some of her other work. I mean, it's a Marina Carr play without incest and/or suicide. It's gentler than most of her other plays. It's beautiful, tender, and full of humour. and it's more clear than ever that she sees death as very much a part of life, not as an ending. There is a soul-guide character in this play, like the Ghost Fancier in By the Bog of Cats or Scarecrow in Woman and Scarecrow, but Chekhov's Black Monk is even more clearly a friend. It's very clear that she loves Chekhov, and that she sees him as a great soul. That would have been obvious even if we hadn't attended a talk before the play in which she totally geeked out about Chekhov in interview.
Technically, it's very interesting. In the pre-show talk, Carr made it very clear that the title is non-literal. "Why 16 Possible Glimpses? I like the number 16, I like the word possible, I like the word glimpses." There aren't sixteen scenes, there aren't sixteen cast members, it was just a number she liked for the title. She focused a lot on the word "possible" as a reminder that she wasn't writing a literal biography either, but a response to "her" Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (I like "her" Chekhov"). But the "16" and "Glimpses", I think, come into the technical side of things. 16 is a nice, large number for plurality, and what Carr and director Wayne Jordan have done is give you multiple visual perspectives using cameras projecting different angles of what is happening on stage on the backdrop and occasionally on a scrim in front of the action. 16 may not be literal, but we were definitely literally given multiple possible glimpses. Sometimes it worked better than others, and some of the cut scenes were a bit distracting, but some of those will probably have been ironed out by the time previews ended. Sometimes it was stunningly effective dramatically speaking. On a bit of a tangent, there seem to be two emerging trends at the festival this year: site-specific theatre, and the use video projectors (blah blah blah multimedia experience). I'm a little resistant to both, not because I think they're a bad thing, but currently they seem to be way too faddish. And like many things that are faddish or overused, they're often used to use them and not because they are the best technique for the desired effect. And often, the logistics are just not thought out well enough and it distracts from the effect. Here, though, the use of projected video really did seem integral, and it I think it added layers and depth to the overall experience.
So yeah. I loved it, and I want to see it again. I'm going to post this now because my browser has been a bit dodgy today and I don't want to lose the post.
Sep. 29th, 2011 | 11:20 pm
state of mind: thoughtful
( Review-type blather . . . Collapse )
It wasn't completely satisfactory, but I'm glad we went.
The next two are both Chekhov-inspired: a new Marina Carr play and a full-on circus-type extravaganza with acrobatics and stuff.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 | 01:32 pm
Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward. BY JOHN DONNE
Let mans Soule be a Spheare, and then, in this,
The intelligence that moves, devotion is,
And as the other Spheares, by being growne
Subject to forraigne motion, lose their owne,
And being by others hurried every day,
Scarce in a yeare their naturall forme obey:
Pleasure or businesse, so, our Soules admit
For their first mover, and are whirld by it.
Hence is't, that I am carryed towards the West
This day, when my Soules forme bends toward the East.
There I should see a Sunne, by rising set,
And by that setting endlesse day beget;
But that Christ on this Crosse, did rise and fall,
Sinne had eternally benighted all.
Yet dare I'almost be glad, I do not see
That spectacle of too much weight for mee.
Who sees Gods face, that is selfe life, must dye;
What a death were it then to see God dye?
It made his owne Lieutenant Nature shrinke,
It made his footstoole crack, and the Sunne winke.
Could I behold those hands which span the Poles,
And tune all spheares at once peirc'd with those holes?
Could I behold that endlesse height which is
Zenith to us, and our Antipodes,
Humbled below us? or that blood which is
The seat of all our Soules, if not of his,
Made durt of dust, or that flesh which was worne
By God, for his apparell, rag'd, and torne?
If on these things I durst not looke, durst I
Upon his miserable mother cast mine eye,
Who was Gods partner here, and furnish'd thus
Halfe of that Sacrifice, which ransom'd us?
Though these things, as I ride, be from mine eye,
They'are present yet unto my memory,
For that looks towards them; and thou look'st towards mee,
O Saviour, as thou hang'st upon the tree;
I turne my backe to thee, but to receive
Corrections, till thy mercies bid thee leave.
O thinke mee worth thine anger, punish mee,
Burne off my rusts, and my deformity,
Restore thine Image, so much, by thy grace,
That thou may'st know mee, and I'll turne my face.
Dec. 25th, 2009 | 06:53 pm
Oct. 30th, 2009 | 08:24 am
Oct. 17th, 2009 | 02:33 am
location: Nowhere near San Diego
This is the schedule from their website (www.godhatesfags.com). Please don't go there. It's disgusting and made me feel ill to look at the hateful language spewing forth, and I had to cut a lot of horrible, hateful language out of the addresses to put them in this format. If you have any time, maybe make a silly picket sign and gather a few friends? Or just pass the word if you can.
10/17/2009 08:10 AM - 08:40 AM San Diego, CA Congregation Beth Am - 5050 Del Mar Heights Rd.
10/17/2009 08:55 AM - 09:25 AM San Diego, CA Chabad Center of University City - 3813 Governor Dr.
10/17/2009 09:30 AM - 09:55 AM San Diego, CA Congregation Beth Israel - 9001 Towne Centre Dr.
10/17/2009 10:10 AM - 10:40 AM San Diego, CA Temple Emanu-El - 6299 Capri Dr.
10/17/2009 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Carlsbad, CA Chabad at La Costa - 1980 La Costa Avenue
10/18/2009 07:00 AM - 07:30 AM San Diego, CA Our Mother of Confidence - 3131 Governor Dr.
10/18/2009 08:00 AM - 08:30 AM San Diego, CA St. Michael's Catholic - 2643 Homedale
10/18/2009 08:00 AM - 08:30 AM San Diego, CA Maranatha Chapel - 10752 Coastwood Rd.
10/18/2009 08:30 AM - 09:00 AM San Diego, CA Horizon Christian Fellowship - 5331 Mt. Alifan Dr.
10/18/2009 09:30 AM - 10:00 AM San Diego, CA Rock Church - 2277 Rosecrans
10/18/2009 09:30 AM - 10:00 AM Carlsbad, CA La Costa Resort and Spa - 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd.
10/18/2009 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM San Diego, CA College Avenue Baptist - 4747 College Ave.
10/18/2009 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM San Diego, CA New Hope Friendship Baptist - 2205 Harrison Ave.
10/18/2009 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM San Diego, CA Our Mother of Confidence - 3131 Governor Dr.
10/18/2009 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM San Diego, CA St. Stephen's COGIC - 5825 Imperial Ave.
10/18/2009 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Carlsbad, CA La Costa Resort and Spa - 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd.
10/18/2009 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM San Diego, CA Rock Church - 2277 Rosecrans
10/19/2009 06:40 AM - 07:15 AM San Diego, CA Rancho Bernardo High School - 13010 Paseo Lucido
10/19/2009 07:30 AM - 08:00 AM San Diego, CA San Diego Jewish Academy - 11860 Carmel Creek Rd.
10/19/2009 08:30 AM - 09:00 AM La Jolla, CA Hillel of University of California San Diego - 8976 Cliffridge Ave.
10/19/2009 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Carlsbad, CA La Costa Resort and Spa - 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd.
"If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen." (1 John 4:20)
Sep. 13th, 2009 | 12:41 pm
state of mind: shocked
( Ew! Ew! EWWWW!!!Collapse )