I wanted to see Neil LaBute's new play, "In A Dark, Dark House" at the Almeida, but it was sold out (got a ticket for next Saturday, though) so I went to see "Fat Pig" instead. It's very funny, sometimes producing those laughs which afterwards make you think "Uh oh, I shouldn't really have laughed at that", and also quite sad. After "In the Company of Men" LaBute had a reputation for being a misogynist, but if anything "Fat Pig" has more sympathy for the women, and shows the men to be shallow idiots. Kevin Bishop portrayed Carter as a horribly repellent person, the sort you would dread having to work with, and Nicholas Burns showed Tom to be really quite pathetic. Katie Kerr and Kelly Brook were much more sympathetic characters, as Helen, the "fat pig" of the title, and Jeannie, spurned lover and sharp-witted office colleague. However, having built up a reat head of steam witht he comic aspects, I felt the ending rather fizzled out. The play faded, rather than going out with a bang, which after the laughs earlier on, seemed a bit of a let down.
Still, I shall go to see "Reasons to be Pretty", part three of the trilogy which began with "The Shape of Things", if/when it gets to London.
The following night, I really fell on my feet. Thinking "I haven't been to the National for a while, what's on?" I'd booked a ticket for "August:Osage County" on the basis that it was a Steppenwolf Theatre production. Wow. What a play. Tracy Letts has written a fantastic piece about families that makes you laugh out loud and want to tear your hair out at the same time. Funny, vicious, insightful, fantastically well acted on a beautifully built set - what more could one want from a night at the theatre? The cast were all on top form, but in particular, Amy Morton as Barbara was stunning. If she isn't nominated for awards in due course, justice will not have been done. Go and see this, if you can.
There's a ton of stuff coming up that I want to see - next Saturday I'm down for the next in the Donmar West End series, Derek Jacobi in Twelfth Night. I can't imagine it will reach the sublime heights of either Ivanov or Othello, both of which deservedly won awards this week - direction for Michael Grandage and acting for Chiwetel Ejiofor - but I'm happy to give it a go. Yep, looks like I'm hooked again.