Hey Guys and Amy, Just wanted to say , Great show. My wife and I watch religiously. We also are in the towing business and know how things really are. We both hope that last episode of the stabbing was "staged", if not, might better be time to change tactics. Wish y'all well. Love ya from Florida!
Yeah, I'm with you, Byron. I've seen true Four Star work in this area, and "Woman In Black" was definitely not it.
Byron: That's interesting that you found that Lienau wasn't as effective last night. I thought Gorman was certainly stronger, but the naivety Lienau brought was effective in portraying a younger, not-yet-haunted Kips. Your mileage may vary, however, and certainly he might be uneven and inconsistent from night to night.
One last note of clarification: Tom Elrod's review, of course, is the review of record for the Indy on this production of "The Woman in Black," and appeared in our printed edition of October 12. My views here aren't in any way meant to negate his commentary, but instead to add something hopefully useful -- even with those humbling misspellings -- to the ongoing discussion about this work of art.
We know that performances can change significantly, night by night, during the course of a run. I think it is fascinating to witness, first hand, just how significant those changes can be. That was my purpose when I wrote in to share my observations of a different night, here.
Here's hoping the changes and developments continue, during this run "The Woman in Black."
I see I've consistently misspelled Clint Lienau's name in my post above. I regret the error.
One always hopes that a show grows stronger over the course of a run. Having caught this production last night (Oct. 13), I'm afraid that's not the case with "The Woman In Black."
The play is basically a two-man show; it requires two strong actors to pull it off. Within the first few minutes of last night's performance it was obvious that stage veteran Rowell Gormon, in the role of aging barrister Arthur Kipps, was unequally yoked with Clint Lineau as the unnamed young Actor hired to help Kipps tell his tale.
Gormon's work was quite strong. But from the start, under Haskell Fitz-Simons' direction, Lineau's work as the Actor seemed amateurish and unconvincing by comparison. Though a central plot point involves the Actor giving acting lessons to Kipps, during the first scenes of last night's show it was fairly clear that Gormon should have been giving Lineau lessons, not vice versa.
Lineau did find some real moments as his Actor played a younger Kipps, and the horrid events in Crythin Gifford and at Eel Marsh House unfolded. After those, however, he returned to an unconvincing central character.
A four-star production is clearly above average in its achievement. Perhaps "The Woman In Black" started out as one last week. Unfortunately, last night's unbalanced performance came in significantly beneath that.
Thanks for the comment. Russian Constructivism has certainly been a part of the conversation about Kruger's bold black/white/red graphics. It's worth noting the prevalence of the black/red color palette of the exhibition in general - a spectral trope of the 80s. The whole 80s "high tech" design ethos seemed to have been founded on red and black. Another iconic 80s design element - the black suit and skinny tie. Cindy Sherman's piece for Dianne B. and Louise Lawler's photograph of one of Robert Longo's new wave dancing men captures some of that. Elvis Costello rocked the narrow black suit. David Byrne's "big suit" from the Stop Making Sense tour was a stylistic riff on the skinny black suit (it was notably white). Patti Smith worked the man's suit the best. Still does. But I digress.
What you say about Barbara Kruger's red frames is interesting. I always thought they were a nod to Russians like Lissitzky, Rodchenko, Malevich. They had that red&black thing going on, and her graphic sense resonates strongly with theirs, especially Rodchenko.
Ron I sure hope you are doing ok. Bobby why don't you wise up, Yes you do have a life but also you can't dump your bro like that.. Amy, I am prayin for Ron;s fast recovery. Take care and tell Ron we want him to get back on tv soon.. Please tell Bobby that that ole gal he's with seems a bit trifulin.. Well all of you take care.. Renee From Tennessee
I love your show...Before I use to Repo I watched your shows to learn off of u, Amy and bobby...U guys made me a different person today...I think Bobby deserves more than Mickey...When I saw what she did to the company and him I was really upset...He doesn't need that...There Is someone out there for him who will treat him good...I hope he learned his lesson and Is not with her...Ron, The last show I watched I saw u and Amy go out to a Repo and u got stabbed...I hope u are doing o.k. I think u guys need to all get back together and make Lizzard Lick Towing Off the chart...I'm your # 1 fan...And I hope that u all Including Amy and maggie are doing great...I'll be watching to see If u guys come back on T.V. I hope so...Take care guys!!! Debbie
Tim taught my writing class at NC State when I was but senior in high school. I took all the writing classes possible at Enloe and felt WAY out of my league surrounded by "real college students". Tim supported me that semester and, in the face of some criticism from the other students, told me that the mechanics of my story and the "juvenile topic" (Dungeons & Dragons) didn't matter because I "was one hell of a storyteller". I carry those words with me today and think often of Tim. From the bottom of my heart I thank you.
What's done is done, & when film reviews give you lemons, ask for sugar....which, in this case, the sugar is Colin Firth, who looks doggone fantastic, in those relaxed-fit jeans, Western yoked jacket, his own unbuttoned shirt, & walking heel Western boots....!
How lucky for you, that he was there, in your town, & was his usual charming self, signing autographs & posing for pictures with his fans.
Mr. Firth had nothing but good things to say, about you town, & your State. I agree with him, as I have family there, also.
I wish it had been where Mr. Firth & his family could have attended your premiere, there in Durham, but since his Oscar win, he has quite a whirlwind of a schedule,from what I have read. I am sure he would have attended, if possible, for he made a lot of friends there, from what I have read.
I'm sure all of the extras will buy the DVD, to give as gifts, to family & friends. I know, I would, if it were me.
His accent, as Gus LeRoy? It wouldn't matter to me, had he spoken his lines in Pig Latin. His voice is liquid gold, to his fans.
Mr.& Mrs. Shirley, Mr. Brantley×
I know that all of you guys related because yur last names are almost
the same , well at least the last three letters LEY, LOL
All of you are doing a fantastic work of art. The one that puts the most fea
in me is Amy because that she used to be a morticion Thanks for all your
hard work. It would be my pleasure to spend only a few moments
in worship to Jesus. Be careful up there, because accidents do happen,
for instance I fell only eight feet from a ladderon to theconcrete sidewalk
and mnaged to shatter T4, resulting in becoming a paraplegic. Life is
much different, but when I start going south I can`t help but think
about the number of people who aren`t in as good of conditions as me.
They weren't dead the whole time.
Congratulations Ken! Would love to go to NC to see the show. "Nuit de Nol" is one of my favourite photographs!
I think it's important to remember that Enron the play is a feminist reading of the crisis. One of the biggest issues with Enron the company was the culture of machismo. Prebble's multidimensional Claudia Roe, a far more successful and sympathetic version of the Enron Executive Rebecca Mark, exists to suggest that corporate excess can be curbed by giving women more power in the boardroom. If the men appear to be extreme versions of men, it is in part because their masculinity and consequent power is not counterbalanced by a moderating feminine force. The men of the play exist in a Hegelian dialectic with no antithesis to civilize them. This is important to keep this in mind when thinking about the ways in which Prebble characterizes each of the figures at the heart of the Enron crisis.
I've got a treatment in the works for "Breaking Wind" (TM)
It's about a modern-day Einstein who spots the flaw in E = MC2, giving him the key to enter a new, parallel universe each week. There, he battles crime, or disease, or cold cases -- you know, whatever comes along -- and the great thing is, if he's ever in trouble, poof, he shoots back across the Great Divide to his day job teaching coeds at Meredith College.
Did I say in the works? I think it's ready for casting.
People it is just a show. If your not originally from NC then shut your mouth and if you are then lighten up!
Your right on!! Im also in Calif. but from Tennessee and love this show more than raslin!!
ozymandias ( para. 3 ) is not Keats but Shelley. grow up mr Cheshire, don't pretend to an authority which you clearly lack....
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