The Unbearable Banishment: the hazard of glowing reviews

Friday, May 22, 2009

the hazard of glowing reviews

CB and I saw Christmas is Miles Away at the Connelly Theater. It’s a coming of age drama set in Manchester by British playwright Chole Moss. She’s all the rage and a Bright Young Thing.

The Connelly is small, 19th century theater on East 4th Street off of Avenue A. It appears to be an old Jewish vaudeville house. It’s an intimate space with peeling paint, a set of oversized comedy and tragedy masks above the stage and great sightlines.

Typically, I try to see a show before it’s reviewed. I am easily swayed and it’s better if I walk into a show cold without any preconceived notions. I had my eye on Christmas is Miles Away but didn’t see it until after Time Out New York gave it a 5-star review and the New York Times called it a “well-observed and ultimately engaging three-hander.”

Five fucking stars! Wouldn’t you expect a life-altering experience after a review like that!? Well, it was good. The story is believable and the young actors are all credible, although I’m not entirely convinced that the Manchester accents were accurate. How the hell would I know?

But I’m not sure I concur with all the fuss. CB said that he thought the first half was compelling but that it lost a little steam as it played out. I, on the other hand, thought it had a weak first act but then became more compelling as it drew to its conclusion.

Same planet, different worlds.

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3 Comments:

OpenID daisyfae said...

i'm not a review reader.... what is a "three-hander"? it has entirely different meaning in my world...

May 22, 2009 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Daisy: A three-hander is a play with three actors. Silly rabbit.

May 22, 2009 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger fwengebola said...

If the accents were smug with a working-class tinge of righteousness to it that made you want to beat the speaker with a dead whippet, then they were accurate.

May 27, 2009 at 7:15 PM  

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