Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Entertainer

I went to the Old Vic with Chris and Kim last night to see the 50th anniversary production of The Entertainer; references to Polish immigrants and trouble in the Middle East lent it a curiously contemporary feel.

The performances were universally excellent, but I'm still not entirely convinced by John Osborne. He had a great talent for dialogue, but I find the more declamatory portions of his plays can grate.

As a man, he seems to have been just as unpleasant as his creations Archie Rice and Jimmy Porter. That's not really an artistic judgement but it weighs heavily with me.

Good company and a good mojito fuelled night out though, Cubana - and its Happy Hour - being only yards from the theatre.

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