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11 February 2011 @ 10:21 am
Company with Rupert Young  
Ooh, I've just seen the excellent review of Company at the Southwark Playhouse, and it occurs to me that I didn't review it after I went last week. Just to say, I mostly agree with the review, Rupert makes an excellent Bobby, full of vulnerability, charm and likeability. Which is good, because Bobby is not that nice a guy. Which brings me to my main problem - this was an excellent production of a musical that I cannot find it in myself to like.

Company is basically about a mid-thirties guy who is trying to find it in himself to commit to marriage. Now personally I don't mind that it's a story about relationships, I love that kind of thing usually, but this one did leave me cold. I have no interest in some whiny bloke who is all 'I can't commit, but I can sleep around with - three! - girlfriends while complaining about it to all my married friends. I just want to slap him and tell him to grow a pair and stop moaning about it. Not to mention, a *whole musical* about this one issue? Please. I was getting bored, and thought a lot of it got quite repetitive. I wanted to see more of the couples, in the end, because several of them were just adorable. Particularly David? and Amy, who I thought were brilliant as the completely ditzy girlfriend and the solid bloke who grounds her.

It doesn't help that I don't even like the music. It's very *clever* as I expect from Sondheim, but I didn't come out humming anything. It's all dissonance and shouting - or that's how it appears to me, although I know my musical tastes are unsophisticated :) Basically, I'm glad I went, as having Rupert dress and undress 3 feet in front of me a couple of times is no hardship at all! But. I'm so glad I don't have to go again.

On that note, it's opening night for Colin in Our Private Life tonight! I really hope I like this play more, as I'm going to see it several times! :) Fingers crossed for all concerned! *excited*
Cruentumcruentum on February 11th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
Looking forward to your CM play review, I'm going next weekend (and, well, again in March), so it'd be good to know what to expect exactly
Valderys: Colin - plays with himselfvalderys on February 11th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
I'll see what I can do but I might not be able to review it for a couple of days... Sadly, next weekend is not one of my nights :(
Cruentumcruentum on February 11th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
I go next weekend and last two (maybe three if I'm a total pushover and go to London a day early) on March 12th ... so maybe then?
Valderys: Colin - plays with himselfvalderys on February 13th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
Right then - my review will have to wait even longer . There was a mix up with my ticket so I saw the play on a grainy monitor outside on the landing of the theatre. *sigh* Still. It does mean that I have 11th March and 12th March tickets! So I will definitely see you there!
Cruentumcruentum on February 13th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
Grainy monitor on the landing -- wtf. But yeah, I'll see you on the 12th then, venue is small enough that we won't miss each other I don't think.
lucky_jack on February 11th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
Seeing Colin on 19th (and hoping he doesn't go to Glasgow a day early) and looking forward to it big time. Are you off to Glasgow?
Valderys: Merlin - prettier than Arthurvalderys on February 13th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
I would be there like a shot if I didn't have a role-playing weekend that had been booked, like, a year ago. So no way to do it, unfortunately. Fingers crossed for you, hon, surely he can't get away from his play just for a film festival? I'm sure you'll be ok...
archaeologist_darchaeologist_d on February 11th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
I'm not fond of Sondheim but if I'd have been in the UK, I'd have gone to see Rupert.
Valderys: Colin - plays with himselfvalderys on February 13th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Don't get me wrong - I'm really glad I went. I'm happy to have seen Rupert and happy to support the cast - who were brilliant. I just think that Sondheim is not for me! :)
archaeologist_darchaeologist_d on February 13th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, I went to see 'The Crucible' which I really hate but Liam Neeson was in it and I loved him in it.
Kerryblaze: Colin: Jethrokerryblaze on February 11th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Are you going tonight?
Valderys: Merlin - Arthur's guardian angelvalderys on February 11th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yes! I'm doing first and last night (as well as several in between :)
Cassienyargles on February 12th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
I shamelessly love Sondheim. *coughs* >____> Still, always worth it for the one experience, yeah? :3

I'm going to see CM on the closing night, and dragging Wicked with me though :D
Valderys: Colin - plays with himselfvalderys on February 13th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I'm glad I went, at least the once, expecially to support Rupert and the cast, who are great!

I will see you at the Royal Court then because I'll be there at the last night too!! :)
Egwene: er - Cartergwene on February 12th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
Oh! I'm sorry you didn't have a good time :( Such a shame!

Although I don't doubt for a minute you'll have a blast at Colin's play! I can already picture you jumping up and down all over the place *is excited for you*
Valderys: Colin - plays with himselfvalderys on February 13th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
It wasn't that I didn't enjoy myself - it just wasn't for me. The performances were excellent, so I could enjoy that - Rupert was great!

As for Colin's play - there wa a mix up with my tickets, so I watched it from a grainy b&w monitor outside the auditorium. *sigh* 11th Feb was mixed up with 11th March. So I'll see it properly on Tuesday...