I know I still owe a LootCrate post and a post (or two) about my trip home to NYC – but I’ve been writing and that’s why I haven’t had the time to do it, but I will ….
However, now that Halloween is upon us, I thought I’d give a review of a play I saw last night. Now, let me preface this by saying said play is like three years old and was filmed in London and shown (FINALLY) in a theater by me. I don’t regret moving to Florida, I really don’t, but what I DO miss about NY (besides the friends I left behind) is theater – I LOVE live theater and I could always find someone to go with to see anything. So I was distressed several months ago when it was announced that Tom Hiddleston’s version of Coriolanus was going to be put in movie theaters in the USA but not in any theater by me – I began saying I moved to the armpit of culture.
In searching for theaters for Coriolanus, I found out that Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller performed Frankenstein to rave reviews and that also was shown in theaters (again nowhere near me). I sighed, closed the webpage and assuaged my depression by watching Sherlock and Thor (one and two and Avengers LOL). So imagine my surprise when last week one of my best friends said she saw Frankenstein – in HAWAII … I asked if it was good and she said yes and again I railed at the fact that I lived in the armpit of culture.
On a lark I decided to check the National Theater Live’s website and punched in my zipcode. Well, Surprise, Surprise up popped TWO airings of Frankenstein in my neck of the woods! (one airing is Cumberbatch as the monster and Miller as the doctor and the second airing has them reversed). To say I was excited was an understatement.
So off I went (alone) to the movie theater to watch this movie/play. It was interesting to see how they put it together – it was filmed before a live audience, we got to view backstage photos and video of their rehersals prior to the show starting. The story is an original one based loosely on Mary Shelly’s original version. It opens with the creature being born – literally as he escapes from a huge “womb” on stage, for about 15 to 20 minutes the audience in the theater both onscreen and in the movie house was silent as we watched him learn to control his body and eventually stand and bask in the glory around him.
The play dealt with several issues, from the God-complex of the creator, to beauty issues, acceptance of differences and even love and its many different facets. When it was over I sat there just taking it all in, it was an amazing production and I can only imagine what it must have been like to see it live. I have decided that I will probably go to see the second airing with the roles reversed because I would like to see what Jonny Lee Miller does with his version of the creature.
So maybe now I can say I don’t live in the armpit anymore, maybe just the crook of the elbow …. I won’t be satisfied until I can see Coriolanus on the big screen :). I can’t recommend this play enough, if you have the chance to see it, go!
Happy Halloween Everyone!!