31 December 2006

In No Particular Reverse Order, Some Favourites of 2006

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As evidenced by Spike's calendar, never failingly adjusted before he goes to bed, it's nearly Time. So here's a quick look over the shoulder before we sally forth.





Stallerhof
Franz Xavier Kroetz, Southwark Playhouse, directed by Maria Aberg

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Steely poetics from a modern German master

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Waiting For Godot
Samuel Beckett, Barbican, Walter D.Asmus

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The meaning of life - and it's funny
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Motortown
Simon Stephens, Royal Court, Ramin Gray

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"The war was all right. It's just you come back to this"

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Dying City
Christopher Shinn, Royal Court, James Macdonald

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Iraq homecoming, this time US style
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Les Enfants du Paradis
Dudley Hinton & Sebastian Armesto (after Prevert), Arcola, S.Armesto

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A film about theatre adapted flawlessly, with joie
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Howard Brenton, NT Cottesloe, Howard Davies

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Unforgettable scene with Emperor Nero visiting the future saint in prison
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Therese Raquin
Nicholas Wright (after Zola), NT Lyttleton, Marianne Elliott

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Crime, passion and punishment in a bleakly brilliant version
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Summer Begins
David Eldridge, Southwark Playhouse, Amelia Nicholson

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DE's play in a vivacious, touching production

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Metamorphosis/Elektra
from Apuleius/Euripides, Barbican, Gardzienice Centre for Theatre Practices



Absolutely bonkers - like a lecture on classical drama delivered by the Manson family
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Too Drunk To Say I Love You?
Caryl Churchill, Royal Court, James Macdonald



Frightening and fascinating, Churchill decries the 'special relationship' - and years of British complicity in US crimes

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There were loads more of course - kicked the year off in fine style by going back to see Richard Bean's very funny Moliere, The Hypochondriac, Market Boy in the Olivier was a right larf, I admired Robin Hooper's Not The Love I Cry For and I was very moved by an early preview of Colin Teevan's Seven Pomegranate Seeds. Dennis Kelly's Love and Money was very fine, as was Martin Crimp and Katie Mitchell's take on The Seagull. And my mate Serdar's done wonders with A Family Affair, Ostrovsky's comedy of (bad) manners and social climbing, still playing at the Arcola. I've actually had a rubbish year with the classics, seeing little Greek (I should really have blogged about Swallow Song) and less Shakespeare. Generally this year's been good but I've not seen as much as I'd've liked. New baby Bernard arrived in March and I had to work harder than for ages on various things, especially The May Queen of course. Resolution? Work much harder still, and see more stuff.

4 comments:

City Slicker said...

Great round up thanks

So much I missed, so much to see...so much I saw so can't really complain.

Happy New Year!

sbs said...

Happy NOOYEAR (in an NYC stylee) to you too!

David Eldridge said...

Glad you enjoyed 'Summer Begins' & 'Market Boy' in 2006 and thanks for saying so.

I'm really looking forward to seeing your play in Liverpool and all the best in 2007.

sbs said...

You too DE, have a great (if not mental) 07.