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The Recruiting Officer, Donmar Warehouse, starring Mark Gatiss
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly

Photo credit: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/theatre/article-24030360-theatres-new-power-couple.do

Cut and pasted from the Guardian website:

Restoration comedy The Recruiting Officer by Irish playwright George Farquhar was the first play ever to be staged in Australia, by convicts of the First Fleet in 1789. It now notches up another first, being the inaugural production by the Donmar Warehouse's new artistic director, Josie Rourke. Combining strategies both military and sexual, it follows the exploits of the womanising Captain Plume as he scours Shrewsbury for army recruits, and attempts to bed heiress Sylvia; and of cowardly Captain Brazen as he too is toyed with by a scheming minx. Rourke's cast includes Mark Gatiss, Rachael Stirling and Mackenzie Crook.

Previews started today and run until Monday 13 February; Press Night is on Tuesday 14 February.

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Watch this and you will see the difference:

This film, although panned by the critics, is an excellent and intelligent adaptation of the book. It tells the story of both the Creator and the Creation, and you feel sympathy and empathy for both characters. Victor is given centre stage and it explores all the science and the morality of the piece.

It tells Victor's backstory, from childhood onwards, so you understand his motivations and what drives him, and why he is the person that he is. Again, Nick Dear's play, by starting at the point that the Creature is born, skips the whole of the Victor backstory and is poorer for doing so.

From a gender perspective, Elizabeth (played by Helena Bonham-Carter) is a strong, independent, gutsy heroine, who loves her man, and does everything to try and understand him, reach him, and help him. She is not a passive sponge, she makes things happen and drives the action. Nick Dear's Elizabeth was nothing; pathetic by comparison. She had no independence, no character, no fire, no passion. No wonder Victor felt nothing for her!

Edited at 2012-02-12 02:03 am (UTC)

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