The Way of the World: Reviews Are In

 

 

The critics have weighed in on the Donmar Warehouse's production of The Way of the World, with most giving the play 4 out of 5 stars. Here's what a few had to say about the play and performances:

Paul Taylor from The Independent calls it a "comic masterpiece."

There's a crispness and clarity to the way this production highlights the contrast between Mirabell and his superficially similar fellow-gallant, Fainall. Tom Mison shows you a disturbing, almost neurotic meanness of spirit behind the studied languor of a ruthless individualist who will stop at nothing (even defaming his wife) to get his hands on all the Wishfort money. Though he has done unfortunate things in his past, Mirabell now appreciates the humane value of contracts.

 

Sarah Crompton from What's On Stage says "director James Macdonald and his entire creative team frame this rare revival with such thoughtful care that it emerges with the gleaming richness of a symphony."

Even the manipulative Mrs Marwood (played by Jenny Jules with a hauteur that hides real pain) is allowed our sympathy; she has been used by Fainall, who Mison plays magnificently, his languor hardening into savagery as the evening progresses. As his traduced wife, Caroline Martin finds a moving sense of betrayal and fierce self-reliance.

 

Michael Billington at The Guardian writes "James Macdonald’s revival offers clarity and hilarity"

Gwynne is very funny when gazing at her unadorned features in the mirror (“I look like an old peeled wall”) and when hurling herself intemperately at a chaise longue to find the right posture for an expected suitor. But you feel deep sympathy for her when, as Fainall seeks to tie her to an extortionate contract, she cries “Never to marry!” in despair at a life of sexless solitude. In a play that scarcely has a dud role, there is a wealth of fine performances. Tom Mison and Jenny Jules lend the arch plotters a hint of inner complexity.

 

The play runs through May 26th. Check the Donmar's website often for ticket availability.

 

Photos by Johan Persson

 

Sleepy Hollow: Interviews and Clips and Links (Oh My)

 

If you weren't already aware (which seems unlikely if you're visiting this website, but you never know!), Sleepy Hollow Season 2 premieres tonight at 9pm/8c in the US and Canada. So many clips, interviews, photos and stories have already been posted about Tom and the show leading up to tonight's premiere, and there will be many more to come. To make it convenient and easy to keep up with all of it, it's been gathered together for you all in one place. Click through on the graphic above to go to the Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Highlights page. Hope you're in a comfy chair -- this may take a while.

Hamlet Available on IPlayer for a Limited Time

The five episodes of Hamlet, aired on consecutive days this past week, will only be available for a short time on BBC iPlayer. Each episode is accessible for listening for one week after it is broadcast, so episode one is only available for 2 more days.

Reviews of the program were very complimentary:

The Stage: "The first episode of Hamlet, that seminal text of Nordic noir, stranded across a whole week of Afternoon Dramas, offers a masterclass in how to create an atmosphere of swirling, sepulchral doom. Roger Goula’s original music, gorgeous and expectant, works with Marc Beeby’s direction to impart a chill to proceedings."

Radio Times: "To get the audience in the mood, here’s a full and impressive five-part version of one of literature’s greatest works of fiction — Hamlet. I spotted minor cuts to the text but nothing that will arouse the ire of die-hard Shakespeare fanatics. Instead, the team have grasped the nettle and introduced some stunning audio effects that add real depth to the play, especially the ghost scenes."

Each episode is a bit less than 45 minutes. Make sure to give it a listen while you can!