Can’t wait

This was a scene that made me distinctly uncomfortable.




~ by Servetus on September 21, 2020.

23 Responses to “Can’t wait”

  1. Why? I’m curious.


    • If I’m not mistaken, it’s right after she suggests he should be interested in Sonja, he rejects the possibility and accuses her of playing tricky with him. In essence she has rejected him but his next line is to ask where he can see her and then they have a physical encounter that I found really uncomfortable to watch. I think that is this encounter.


  2. She certainly looks uncomfortable.


    • it’s one of those moments where you wonder how spectators viewed it a century ago when it was written. Anyway, the way they played it in this production she was definitely not flattered. But / and the fact that Armitage is physically overpowering also plays a role. It’s revealing for him because you see how blind Astrov is despite his apparent enlightenment (both this approach, and also the fact that he somehow hasn’t noticed Sonja’s interest).

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      • He would be very intimidating if you weren’t interested, that’s for sure. He looks so slight in pictures, but then when you see him next to someone smaller and almost overtop of them, he looks so much larger. She is bending herself backwards away from him.

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        • it’s weird because I also had the feeling in London in 2014 that he looked much more slight than Proctor and the same in NYC in 2016 w/r/t Kenneth. It’s some kind of energy vibe that he gets on stage. This time in London he was a lot heavier than in 2016 — I would say at least thirty pounds. There’s a fair amount of chasing around the stage in this play and I have to say, if I were either Rosalind Eleazar or Toby Jones, I would have had to suppress my gut reaction.

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  3. visually though, I’m really liking that rolled up sleeve and forearm.


    • Yeah. It’s hard to understate how good he looked (both on stage and at the stage door) in London, on both the superficial / physical and the energy / spiritual levels.

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  4. I have to agree with you. But just in general I didn’t like the way Astrov treated the women in the play, and his pursuit of Yelena in that scene felt like harrassment…


    • I had a “brief encounter” with Rosalind Eleazar (she stepped up briefly to a bar I was eating at) and I actually asked her this, how it was to be in a play with all of this baked-in anti-woman discourse. She just kind of smiled. I didn’t hold it against her. I know that they did some interviews on this topic but I never listened to them. Have to get back there.

      The first time I saw that part where she clearly pushed him away and he immediately said “where can I meet you?”, I gasped.


  5. Having not seen the play, and not knowing anything much about it, apart from what I’ve read wrt Richard’s involvement, I’m speaking from a purely visual point of view too, and I agree with Kelly. I love the bared forearm. Astrov’s physical dominance aside, I always feel as though Richard has very “safe” hands in the way he holds his acting partner. Reminds me of the piano kiss in the Pinter Proust play.

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  6. I am loving these long hair 😍

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  7. I know what you mean. I remember thinking Dude take a hint. No means no


    • It’s not what Chekhov intended, but the person I felt the most sympathy for in this play was Yelena. Everyone wants something from her and expects her to give it to them, she’s a highly trained artist and she’s stuck in the middle of nowhere on a farm and then people call her spoiled when she doesn’t respond immediately to her suggestions.


  8. Yes, he was creepy in his desperation.


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