'National Theatre Live': Far-flung peformances, complete with issues
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But that doesn't mean that I won't give it a try, which is why I trooped out in boiling-water-freezing-in-seconds weather to take in a broadcast of Hamlet last night at the Guthrie Theater as part of the National Theatre Live series. After all, the production has earned rave notices in England, both for its cast and its particular take on the state of Denmark, imagined by director Nicholas Hytner as an Eastern-European police state with nearly constant surviellance.
It turned out to be a hit-and-miss evening. The acting was suburb from top to bottom, led by Rory Kinnear as the brooding Dane. The modern trappings didn't interfere much with the action, and the idea of eyes constantly watching you played well with the action and themes of the plot. After all, this is a play where people are constantly watching and plotting--often to their own downfall (just ask poor Polonius).
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|Sahr Ngaujah in the National Theatre production of FELA!|
Enough frustration. After all, the series does at least give far-flung audiences a chance to see productions that will likely never tour to their cities. The upcoming National Theatre broadcasts include Fela! next Thursday, Derek Jacobi as King Lear on February 21, and Danny Boyle's interpretation of Frankenstein on April 3.