Here. [spoilers] Last paragraph reviews individual performances.
~ by Servetus on September 23, 2016.
Posted in Richard Armitage Tags: Amy Ryan, Love Love Love, richard armitage
So, all praise goes to Amy Ryan? And Richard Armitage is just “charming as Kenneth”?
Julia said this on September 23, 2016 at 8:45 pm | Reply
She’s the bigger name in theater so she’s going to get more notice, I think.
Servetus said this on September 23, 2016 at 8:46 pm | Reply
He’s starting over in the states so he looks ‘new’ to other people. It took me a while to remember where I have seen Amy Ryan on the small screen. Then it hit me, she was Beadie Russell on The Wire. That’s only one of her many, many credits in her career.
Fatima said this on September 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm | Reply
yeah — she’s had a really productive career. Multiply nominated for awards for stage roles. Just never been a celeb.
Servetus said this on September 23, 2016 at 8:56 pm | Reply
And her character is more important in the play, I suppose.
Good to know the show is an excellent shape already.
Julia said this on September 23, 2016 at 8:58 pm | Reply
It’s interesting. I didn’t have the impression from reading it, but I can see why people would think that, insofar as she is the motivator for two really central problems in the script in Acts One and Two. Kenneth is less of a catalyst — the main thing he wants is not to suffer / be inconvenienced / work hard. He’s lazy. Whereas Sandra is an active malevolent force.
Servetus said this on September 23, 2016 at 9:03 pm | Reply
Julia said this on September 23, 2016 at 9:04 pm | Reply
Yes, that’s the way it’s played too–Sandra is the most active character while the others react to her forcefulness. But then Act 3 is where Kenneth makes a stand, and it’s a shock I didn’t expect since he seemed relatively closer to Rose than Sandra.
DaphneHS said this on September 23, 2016 at 9:25 pm | Reply
yeah, he seems to be Rose’s defender in Act Two.
Servetus said this on September 23, 2016 at 9:27 pm | Reply
And it’s the role too What she says is good news. The female lead has to work for the play to be successful i would say and it is a bit more challenging to play as well
Hariclea said this on September 24, 2016 at 1:46 am | Reply
I actually was near this blogger when we were exciting and I overheard her saying that she thought it was really well-written but that she didn’t like it, which I thought was an interesting reaction so I’m glad to read her thoughts on it. I do agree with her that I thought Rose became less of a character than a mouthpiece during her Act 3 rant and thus loses a bit of her effectiveness as a result.
DaphneHS said this on September 23, 2016 at 8:55 pm | Reply
I haven’t seen it but based on my reading of the play that response makes sense to me. Act Three is an interesting problem — I had the same reaction to her from my reading. I’m on Rose’s side but I cannot stand her. I’m frustrated by and angry about Kenneth and Sandra’s inability to process what has really happened in the world, but they come off better for me. It’s an interesting problem, to end up sympathizing with narcissts, and it’s particularly interesting since the play is so often read by theater critics as an indictment of the Baby Boomers.
This sort of weird irresolvable juxtaposition between viewpoints (in a way that provokes philosophical collision rather than a sort of “anything goes” vibe) seems to be a characteristic of Bartlett’s work. I’ve now read three of his plays. Sometimes it works better than others (e.g., I don’t think it works at all in Wild).
Servetus said this on September 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm | Reply
Totally agree. It’s clever writing i think snd he provokes these conflicted reactions intentionally I’m sure. I admire the skill and hate the feelings 😊
Hariclea said this on September 24, 2016 at 1:50 am | Reply
The way I read it , since RA was so charming and she could not hate him as much Amy he somehow did not do a good enough job ?
AnotherRAFan said this on September 23, 2016 at 8:56 pm | Reply
I don’t think that’s what she was saying.
Servetus said this on September 23, 2016 at 9:01 pm | Reply
Reblogged this on Armitage Agonistes and commented:
Haven’t read it yet.
Perry said this on September 23, 2016 at 9:45 pm | Reply
About the play, she echoes my thoughts completely. I’ve had trouble with Rose from the beginning. Glad to hear about the performances.
Perry said this on September 23, 2016 at 9:48 pm | Reply
I sort of like the way he kills even the last sympathy carrier for us in that way. Makes it very frustrating but i think it’s effective
Hariclea said this on September 24, 2016 at 1:52 am | Reply
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