Read Tweet; Read Theater Blog; Talk Among Yourselves.

A master stroke of marketing by Richard Armitage. So much attention has been paid to the economic and generational themes, especially by the short blurbs in marketing.  It bears reminding that  in the play, these themes get jumpstarted by the coming together of a couple in what I think is a sexually charged atmosphere. It becomes a family story – a dark comedy -in which other characters have their own claims for love  from that  couple. Love is more than a song title.

But is Richard Armitage seeing the play and his character the way you and I do?  If you’ve read the play, or even some summaries, you might want to check out what Heather Parrish thinks is going on with rehearsals and Richard Armitage’s becoming Kenneth. The latest entry on her blog currently devoted to the Love,Love,Love, Fully Grown-up Fan Girl, explores  the actors’ desires, choices and risks, in establishing his character on stage.

 

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3 thoughts on “Read Tweet; Read Theater Blog; Talk Among Yourselves.

  1. It’s ALL about Love. Kenneth and Sandra’s “love” (not the family oriented kind of feeling, the sexual, instinctive, passional, selfish to the rest of the world love, it seems people are misunderstanding what LOVE is… family is an invention of evolution and a social construct) IS the lead in the play. The need of love in a society where love was never taken into account, where expressing your feelings was seen as obscene. This is the freedom from the old country K&S found. Not living for the big UK, but for themselves. Love, with all the layers it has. For each other, the rest of the world can go to h***.
    And Rose should have understood ages before that she wasn’t a brilliant artist. I understood it for myself without any external need. She is lazy, annoying and immature. Whose fault? K&S in part, largely Rose’s who found more comfort in remaining a girl than growing up and standing on her feet.

    The last scene tells us everything we need to know. I’d die to see that, too bad I won’t 😦

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    • I agree with much here – and have commented similarly elsewhere, especially on Heather’s blog. I felt there was little room in K & S ‘s relationship to love others, so the absence of complete, unconditional love is also present. And I see the situation with Rose the same also. There was never an indication that she was talented enough to make a living as a musician – and did she really need her parents’ opinion to realize how difficult and risky such a career choice would be and why did she wait 20 years to figure it out? OTOH, I believe that parents should help their children financially when they are able to and the final scene, which explored the difference between K’s financial and Rose’s was startling.

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