Sunday, September 15, 2013

I'm Not Sure About This...

August: Osage County was a great play.  It is beautifully written and intense, but there were 2 things that really made it work on stage that might be lacking on film.
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1st.  Most of the cast was unknown outside of a small group of theater geeks.  This means that you didn't see a famous person acting, but a real-life crazy person up on stage.  At least you could believe that - even if you knew it was really just great acting.  On the other hand, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor.  These are such massive names and personalities, I am not sure you will see the characters underneath them.  Watch the clip and you will see Meryl Streep in fine form.  But what you won't see is a southern matriarch sliding into verbal abuse like a second skin.  You see Meryl Streep doing a great job of it.
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2nd.  August: Osage County was set in a a single house.  A large 3 story set with different rooms, but a key part of the story is that this wife / mother rules the roost in this hot house of a family.  Open it up, and you are going to have to ask, why don't they just leave?  After all they seem to leave the house plenty, why go back?
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Don't get me wrong.  I am looking forward to it.  It was an amazing play - and these are some amazing actors.  I just hope they become the characters, the piece deserves it.

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