May 1st, 2011

Me with Red Ribbon

In a Forest, Dark and Deep by Neil Labute

One brother, one sister, one thrilling evening.

Oh my f**king god!

I went to the matinee of Frankenstein today and then I went to see Matthew Fox in this in the evening.

This production is mind-blowing! It is what theatre is all about. It runs for 1 hour 45 mins with no interval. There is one static set. There are only two actors. No tricks, no effects, no special staging. Just two actors interacting with eachother, acting their hearts and souls out, and acting eachother off the planet. Both Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams were AMAZING! Well done Matthew! Well done Olivia!

Highly highly recommended. I actually prefer this to Frankenstein because I like theatre when it is stripped to the bone and the actors are having to do all the work for themselves with nothing to detract from their performances.

Off the back of what I saw today, I will be taking in this production at least another three times - yes it is that good!

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Stage Door:
After Lost, Matthew Fox is huge. This is 1 hour 45 mins of acting your guts out. He had done two performances today and it was clear that he was tired. But he was out within 20-30 minutes of the production closing, he was charm personified, he signed for everyone, and signed whatever you took to him. He spoke to everyone and was a true gentleman - a really nice guy, who appreciated his fans. He does this every night - I had already checked with the dealers. I was a huge fan of Matthew Fox before tonight; after tonight, after seeing his performance on the stage and the way he does his Stage Door, Matthew Fox has my undying respect, admiration and love! He signed my programme and my Lost poster, made out to me and with a personal message. Let us give it up for Mr Fox!

Stage Door - Ditto Olivia Williams. She came out first, she was lovely, she signed for everyone and took photos, she took time to talk to everyone, and she was charm personified. She too is huge.

There is at least one person I can think of who could learn quite a bit from the way that Matthew and Olivia conduct themselves at the Stage Door, and both Matthew and Olivia are way way bigger than the person I am thinking of!

American playwright Neil LaBute returns to the UK to premiere his new play In A Forest, Dark And Deep which he also directs.

In A Forest, Dark And Deep is set on a dark and stormy night when Bobby and his sister Betty meet in a cabin in the woods to clear it out for potential renters. But in this cabin of lies nothing is as it seems and the truth refuses to be packed away. What is she hiding? Does he really want to find out?

A dark comedy of sibling rivalry escalates into a psychological thriller bursting with savage conflict.

In A Forest, Dark And Deep stars Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams. Making his UK stage debut, American actor Fox is best known for his roles in long-running US television series Party Of Five and Lost. British actress Williams is a regular on stages in the UK, having worked at the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Royal Shakespeare Company. Her film work includes The Sixth Sense and recent films An Education and The Ghost Writer.

LaBute is the award-winning playwright of works including Fat Pig, Some Girl(s), The Shape Of Things, In The Company Of Men and This Is How It Goes.