Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • How do you plan your trips?
  • Please help us learn by participating in a brief survey.
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Houses, Gardens & Walking in England
  2. 2 Booking trains in Europe (Venice to Chur)
  3. 3 What tips can you give about packing?
  4. 4 San Francisco retirees would like to move to Paris for a year- crazy idea?
  5. 5 What's the biggest mistake you made on a European trip?
  6. 6 Climbing Ben Nevis in June
  7. 7 Cascais or Algarve?
  8. 8 Souvenirs to collect while backpacking?
  9. 9 Cotswolds cottage ideas
  10. 10 Advice on car and getting around Aeolian Islands
  11. 11 Splitting 11 days between Amsterdam and Dubrovnik
  12. 12 Bergen Hotel -- near Port ?
  13. 13 NO Luggage Storage at Padua train station?
  14. 14 Trip Report Azores
  15. 15 Opinion on sights in Florence
  16. 16 Madrid, Barcelona and .....
  17. 17 roaming Prague...but for how long?
  18. 18 Scotland in 7 Days
  19. 19 Short Trip in July
  20. 20 Barcelona to Paris - Road trip in between?
  21. 21 Planning a solo trip mostly to France, advice please!
  22. 22 Trip Report Roman Roamings: 2 Weeks of Wanderings
  23. 23 Looking for Italy Itinerary Advice (8N)
  24. 24 Where to go...one month w/a one year old
  25. 25 Rome neighborhoods equivalent to arrondissements 6 and 7 in Paris?
View next 25 » Back to the top

2 London theatre recommendations

Jump to last reply

Just saw two terrific shows in London. They’re both about women of a Certain Age, both feature outstanding and memorable performances by great actors … and have utterly nothing else in common.

Sunset Boulevard is a revival of a so-so Lloyd Webber musical, and the shining star is Glenn Close, who was in the original Broadway production of the show about 20 years ago (and won a Tony for it). This current production is all about Close -- she’s now in her 60s, so the story about an aging movie star has more than a bit of strikes-close-to-homeness about it -- and her performance absolutely brought down the house. Never camp (once or twice on the brink of it, maybe), just first-rate. Superb performances by the other main actors, especially the guy playing Max (sorry, they don’t give away Playbills here and I don’t feel like looking up his name) round out the show. The audience is also something of a worthy sideshow; people-watching at intermission/interval is a treat.

If Sunset Boulevard is mostly mindless entertainment, Elegy is a play that gives you plenty to think about. It’s about a married couple, one of whom has had a serious brain-related disease (maybe Alzheimer’s, or something similar). And, this being in the not so distant future, science has developed a method to replace the diseased part of the brain with a “prosthetic.” Only problem is, the prosthetic would recreate all of the brain functions, but would not recreate the memory from the period that covers the couple’s courtship/marriage. It’s a fascinating concept, with all sorts of questions about relationships, attraction, medical ethics, plus an enormous dose of irony (and I’m a sucker for irony). And it’s carried out perfectly by the actors Zoë Wanamaker and Barbara Flynn. Wanamaker is particularly terrific (if you’re a fan of the old Prime Suspect series, Wanamaker was unforgettable in the very first episode as Moyra Henson, girlfriend of a sadistic serial killer).

Both these shows have very limited engagements -- if you’re in London soon and looking for a show, either one would be a great choice.

3 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement