|The Stage at the Southwark Playhouse|
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
It is not a secret that I am a huge theatre junkie. I love going to the theatre anytime, any day and sometimes even after work as it helps me relax and empty my mind from any work related thoughts and simply fill it with the messages and reflections that each play has to offer.
As I am not much of a cinema lover (although I love watching TV series on Netflix), my visits to the theatre land aka the West End are quite repetitive. I am not a big fan of major productions as I prefer seeing more independent and low profile plays that have more to offer in my humble opinion.
Last week I visited the Playhouse Theatre and watched David Mamet’s "Speed-the-Plow" starring Lindsay Lohan, Richard Schiff and Nigel Lindsay. So much has been written about Lohan’s appearance in the West End and after initially receiving mixed reviews it seems that they play and Lindsay have found their rhythm. LL’s performance was fine and just a few days ago the fame playwright himself said how proud he was of her work and was openly praising her.
Set over three acts, Speed-the-Plow is a play about 2 Hollywood hot shots, Bobbie and Charlie, who are preparing to pitch a new script to a film company. However things go awry as discussion turns to bedding new employee, Karen.
The next play that I saw was "Once" The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre. A few months ago (last Easter if I remember correctly) I watched the movie and I really loved it. Once I heard the song "Falling slowly" that was it… it felt like love at first sight!!
A heart – warming, hilarious and bittersweet love story (I am a sucker for these, can’t help it!) that celebrates the power of music is performed live on stage by an extraordinary cast of actors – musicians. I fell for it in a hard way and I am not one who enjoys musicals much I have to admit….
My theatre week closed with the "Next Fall" by Geoffree Nauffts at Southwark Playhouse. This new American play portrays the ups and downs (there is no up without a down, right?) of Adam and Luke’s long term relationship and how they make it work despite all their differences. Luke is deeply religious and Adam is an atheist.
Next Fall opened in New York in 2009 to huge critical acclaim before transferring to the Helen Hayes on Broadway in 2010, where it was produced by Sir Elton John and David Furnish.
Feel free to share with me any plays that you have recently seen and would recommend.
Have a great day!!