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  1. Nice review Borbs. I wasn’t a fan of Lucky’s speech, either. It was way slower than I’ve seen performed before. Director’s interpretation, perhaps? It wasn’t that funny at all 🙁

  2. Not sure if the price tag or the set were the key issues for me. The set reminded me of a war ravaged Paris, dwarfing the humanoid miniatures inhabiting the world of the play – a fitting styling for a text that explores post WWII nihilism. The gaping roof looked as if it was on the verge of collapse, as if God(ot) himself had fallen from the heavens. The crumbling buildings reminded me of man’s desire to create (majestic architecture, art, technology, etc.) only to see his creations succumb to time, much like the world’s populace who, in Lucky’s words, ‘waste and pine, waste and pine … despite the tennis’.

    What annoyed me, however, was Brendan O’Hea’s uninspiring performance, whose painfully slow recitation of Lucky’s hilarious monologue had such disregard for the text (leaving out half of it and mixing up sections of it) with such poor sense or tempo, rhythm and emphasis or understanding of the comic potential of the scene, that I felt sorry for him and embarrassed for the production team. I liked the performances, but in my opinion Matthew Kelly as Pozzo lacked subtlety (that Barry McGovern achieved), and Roger Rees was … well … Roger Rees (if you have seen from Robin Hood Men in Tights, you know what I mean). Gandalf was fantastic and subtle – but I agree Cashy, he could have been much stronger vocally. My 2 cents.