Mrs. Warren's Profession
A wonderful production of one of Shaws greatest plays with outstanding performances by Cherry Jones and Sally Hawkins. I have posteed a long review of this play on my blog www.aseatontheaisle.blogspot.com
While it was written in 1894 it is still stimulating theatre. I thought that Cherry Jones was superb and Sally Hawkins was fine, though not entirely right for the part. Well staged and designed, it gave me a worthwhile theatre evening.
Instead of having witty and colorful acting it was often reduced to screaming matches ...
I really hesitate to comment on such a stellar cast but to me, this just didnt work as the play that Shaw wrote. I agree that the idea of trying to make Mrs. Warren speak in some sort of ersatz East London accent was a mistake. But this was not the overall problem. Somehow, the real thrust of the play seemed to be lost, perhaps it was because a play with a simple premise was over-produced. I am afraid to say that I have seen better productions of this play, the main difference in those cases being simplicity. I will say that I saw this production at one of the first previews and there may have been changes made since then.It will be interesting to see what the professional reviewers say.
This is raditional production but clean and very well directed and acted. The program made a bit of a deal of Kittys language coaching to learn the Cockney accent; it would have been better not to mention this, as Kitty sounded as American as Uncle Sam; Vivies English accent was however excellent, as was her acting. Occasionally the dialogue was a bit rapid to understand, but it is moving and dialectic has lost none of its relevance and potency. Very good theatre.
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