So, how was the play?
I really think there’s only one word to describe it: phenomenal.
Let me tell you this – it is one thing to see a movie and comment that there was great acting, but you must always keep in mind that there were probably 10 (or more) takes and a whole bunch of editing between what you’re watching and the actual acting. Obviously, live performances are very different from this. The actors only get one take and, *gasp* there is NO EDITING!
So much the better, as far as I can say.
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were both astounding. They delivered their lines with an excellence of timing and expression that was entirely absorbing. Each movement and syllable – every breath – was wholly characteristic. They did not falter. Their performance was at times hilarious and heart-wrenching. Their laughter was infectious and their tears (purposefully crocodile or otherwise) were saddening. I would go back again, night after night, if I could.
The best Waiting for Godot I have ever seen. Even Kate agreed, stating that you can quite obviously identify the quality of the acting.
I wish I could re-live it. I would sit closer to the stage, if possible, and I would ensure I was better prepared.
I realise there are three other actors that I have left out of my review and I apologise, but my mind is full of Didi and Gogo. I promise a more comprehensive review of their (substantial) acting talents at another time.
For now I leave you with this revelation: I am going to the ballet with Kate on Friday. Yes, The Ballet (shock, horror!) and yes, that means two cultural outings in one week. My brain might explode.