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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scribble,

I know how lucky I was to see it twice - would have been more if I hadn't been leaving the country!

His performance as a whole was improved - maybe because he'd had another week in the role, when I first saw it he'd only done a couple of shows. His performance was stronger, more assured and you could tell he was having fun with it. He is an incredibly expressive theatre actor and in a space like The Globe the audience can see every facial expression very clearly. But it was more than that - he really took on the mantle of Menelaus. From his disbelief that the woman in front of him is actually Helen, the moment where she accuses him of not doing enough for her, to which he replied that he had destroyed Troy, was that not enough!

I'm not aware that he ad-libbed any lines, I'd have had to see more performances to ascertain that. He didn't interact as such with the groundlings, but there was a lot of action where he was running through the audience - it was amusing, sitting in the gallery again, to see people's reactions. Some pretended that he wasn't there, others stared at him in a way that may be quite distracting for an actor and others obviously thought it was another audience member until he'd suddenly shout out or something!

The curtain call was very cute Very Happy

The chorus started with this little dance routine and then other cast members came on, took their bow and joined in until the whole ensemble were dancing together. He was obviously enjoying it and threw himself into it in both performances, returning with a bit of a hop, skip and jump for his second bow. Fantastic stuff.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic, Michelle!

I still envy my friend who got to see it. Another friend of mine was a Classics major and loves her some Greek theatre, so we're having to convey as many performance details to her as possible. She's such a Euripides fangirl. :3
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful, Michelle!! Thank you so much for sharing your impressions. Smile

Last year I went to a performance of Coriolanus that a Nashville theater group performed outdoors at a local park. The actors walked and ran around the audience seated on the ground, while declaiming their lines. It would be so cool to see Paul performing thus. Very Happy I would really enjoy it!

Do you think he will do more theater? I hope so, because I think he's really good at it. I was very impressed with his performance in Mourning Becomes Electra--sadly, his character of Adam Brant was killed off fairly early in the action.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul does want to do more and i'll keep you posted if I hear anything - still haven't ruled out seeing him next week, though it'll be a major hassle as it's midweek and a work night and i'd need my mum to babysit til about 2am when we'd get home, but never say never.....
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love a chance to see Paul onstage.

If you see him, tell him Rock Girl says hi. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing more of your insights, Michelle!

And thanks for the details about the curtain call. Very Happy It's great to know that he enjoyed his first Globe experience. How adorable he must've looked all happy and dancing with the ensemble.

Ditto on hoping Paul does more theater work. I also appreciate you mentioning the various audience reactions. I think what makes going to the theater so amazing is that the audience and the performers on stage (or elsewhere Smile ), together, create such a unique experience. It would definitely be a once in a lifetime experience for me if I ever got a chance to watch Paul tread the boards. Y'all would have to stick a fork in me if it happened, I'd die happy and go to fangirl heaven! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is The Globe's 2010 Theatre Season schedule.
It would be wonderful if Paul came back to do another play this year. Smile

http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/theatre/annualtheatreseason/
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scribble wrote:
This is The Globe's 2010 Theatre Season schedule.
It would be wonderful if Paul came back to do another play this year. Smile

http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/theatre/annualtheatreseason/


They don't do any plays in winter? What a bunch of pussies Razz

Who cares if it snows on the stage
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I imagine inclement weather = lower turnout = box office fail.
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