I was hoping to see Stallerhof again last night after my bar stint, but the Playhouse was packed to the gills. Which is as it should be, it's a brilliant show. In her production Maria Aberg conjures an atmosphere of dread and longing, delight and disgust, that pitches the play into Buchner territory. The set and sound design are perfectly tuned to FX Kroetz's piece. What more could you want?
You say 'break a leg' to an actor on first night, or press night, as any fule kno. But what do you say to the writer? Break a pen? Break a broadband internet connection? 'Have a good one', I suppose.
So have a good one, Elizabeth. She's a friend from way back and it's press night of her play The Sugar Wife later, at the Soho Theatre. Hope it goes well for her. I saw the first night and it's a terrific piece of work, some very strong writing, darkly poetic, at once muscular and delicate.
Reminded also how much I like the space - it's a wonderful place to play in. So am of course willing pm to success in his bid for the post of a.d. there.