Wednesday, October 6, 2010
OK on to the play. It's a play of words, half completed sentences, silences. Just like life. I liked the writing very much. We are presented with the "ending" and each scene goes back in time to unravel the story. I think I liked the first scene the best, which is set two years after the lovers have separated and are "catching up" - Emma telling Jerry that her marriage is over. It was absolutely wonderfully played with held back emotion, half started sentences - really really powerful.
The set was industrial modern with lighting to represent the different locations, including Venice. Very clever. There were projected words/poetry at various times but that left me cold - the play to my mind needed to be just as it was - no extraneous commentary - but perhaps that was Pinter's idea in which case it didn't do it for me.
Towards the end we had a waiter - a poor man's (strike that - a desperately impoverished man's) Manuel from Fawlty Towers. Except he was Italian. Not funny and added nothing. Shame.
The actors were good - the English accent initially strange but it was necessary for the play I think, and it was well done. A good play.