Well I'm horrified to think that my crtique of Rachel bordered on insulting- I didn't intend that at all, I was actually quite positive
about her time in the role but thought that, as always with these things, she sub-standard last night in terms of my experience seeing the show. She IS a phenomenal West End performer, there is no denying that and even on her off-nights she's leagues ahead of other actresses I've seen in the role elsewhere.
poster J, on 04 August 2011 - 06:51 AM, said:
I think you're focusing far too much on little bits rather than the overall picture, and to add in a comment like the very end of your review is a little unnecessary in my opinion, especially when it could have happened for any number of reasons rather than your implication that the performers were not good.
but why are we reviewing them like that? with a fine comb? dissecting their performance like that? i understand that we, as the consumer, want certain things from our performers.. but to literally break down the entire show and nit pick like that is imho not constructive.
Ah but these little things are what adds up to a broader critique of the show - I could have just cut the crap and said 'Rachel was sub-standard', 'She strained' etc. but I thought it prudent to draw up examples to give my argument more weight. I think too many people review the show in non-specific terms and thought you might appreciate something more thorough and grounded.
Because giving a detailed review is much better than saying 'She looked bored,' 'She strained' etc. These finer details add up to a grander picture and give my argument more integrity. Thanks for saying that though, it's not as if that review took 2 minutes to write...
Similarly, you can say you don't like Chloe's performance as Glinda, but she's clearly not been miscast. Many people (myself included) love her, and if she was 'miscast' as Glinda, she wouldn't have been asked back as Standby, let alone have her contract renewed for a second year.
I understand that, it's just my opinion.. if it goes in the face of salient facts, then so be it. Other reviews have picked up on similar comments regarding Chloe though, so I don't think I hold a particularly exceptional interpretation.
However I think some of your comments about Rachel fly a little too close to the line of personal insult, given the amount of time you spend negatively critiquing her voice in detail, which you don't do with any of the others (in fact I don't think you mentioned Madame Morrible, the Wizard, Nessa or Boq?)
The review is half finished, I'm commenting on the supporting cast later today in my review of Act 2. I did mention Madam Morrible, though.