Thursday, October 04, 2012

Grace (and the art of the poster)

Grace is a new show on Broadway.  I saw it yesterday.  Before I say anything substantive about it, I find the poster fascinating.
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The poster has the four stars in close up, with the "A" falling from GRACE.
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Now the show itself is about Paul Rudd and Kate Arrington as a married couple who want to open a chain of Biblical Themed hotels in Florida.  It also bills itself as a "dark comedy", which is not indicated on the poster, but in this case the poster is much more true than the advertising.
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Now here is the same foursome gathered before the premier.  It is a different take completely right?
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As for the show - well let me say it stayed with me longer than most shows I have seem.  The acting by everyone (except maybe Ed Asner - whose role was small) was stupendous.
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And the portrayal of faith (in God) was honest.  Sure, there with stereotypes of the faithful, and it included the simplistic basic arguments - if God is good, why do bad things happen.  But somewhere about 1/2 through the play, the transformative and healing nature of faith came through.  There weren't easy answers.
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Paul Rudd was fantastic in a serious role, striped of his schtick (which I do enjoy very much in his films).  Michael Shannon, an off-Broadway and London actor, was mesmerizing in his broadway review.  Finally Kate Arrington - well she gave a quiet and mousey performance that enabled everyone in the cast to shine.
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It is not a dark comedy, but more like a serious Shakespearean tragedy with some funny moments.  And it whizzed by at 95 minutes and no intermission.

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