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January 23, 2013


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Your analysis is really correct – a waste of talent, a boring evening with really no redeeming features whatsoever other than the stage set, and much of the acting. I would’ve preferred to seeing a really good adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Baal , which was the model for this production. That, at least would’ve had some historic interest.

I hate cringing through a play. Thank you for the honest review.I think actors get bored and put on plays like this to entertain themselves more than the viewers, and really what else would donofrio be doing? Making more direct to dvd movies and eating his way to a heart attack.

Yvonne Korshak said:
I hate cringing through a play, too! Even though most actors don't have the resources to put on plays to please themselves these do and I had the same feeling you did -- that Hawke especially just wanted to play that part, in Bowie's style. D'Onofrio -- well -- I'd sure love to see him in a play with a REAL part. Thanks a lot for writing! Yvonne

That's an interesting point about "at least it would have some historical interest." Also you might want to check out the link to David Bowie doing Brecht's BAAL at the bottom of the review. Many thanks for writing in! Yvonne

Do you usually 'review' plays when they're still in their first week of previews? Don't plays often change a lot during the preview period?

I keep it in mind, when seeing a play in previews, that sometimes the actors are less sure, or flub some lines, etc., and of course I write that off (not the case here, they were very well rehearsed, very smooth, and Ethan Hawke went through that strenuous performance as if it were his second skin.) Actually, except in the unusual "Spiderman" kind of to-do, plays don't change that much as I've learned when I've seen them early and late in their runs. In the case of Clive, its problem is basic. By the way, I'm invited as a reviewer to review plays while they're in previews all the time. I appreciate your writing in a lot! Thanks.

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