Twenty minutes into this performance I thought, 'Oh no, not yet another dysfunctional American family'. And it was, yet it rose above the genre. Now this reflects upon me, as the 'genre' thus far this year consists of O'Neill's 'Long Day's Journey into Night' with Robyn Nevin and John Hurt, which I did not appreciate one little bit.
Today's performance was predominantly the Steppenwolf Theatre Company from the USA together with Judi Farr in one of the major roles, that of Vi (the name taken from the first wife of T. S. Eliot). This play is only relatively recent and was written by Tracey Lett. Is has similar structures, subjects and ambience to the works of O'Neill, Williams and Miller ... some praise really.
It was long: over 3 hours with 2 intervals. The matinee started at 1pm and we did not come out until 4:30pm. But it was worth it.
The act at the dinner table was fun. Much of the show was fun. A drama that was funny and entertaining. Judi Farr was great.
They had sold out of the script which was a shame. I need to read it as, once again, dumbo here forgot her hearing aides. Come to think of it, I probably liked this because they quoted both Eliot and Dickinson. I want to get myself a copy of Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' with Dustin Hoffman.