Fortunately, theatre is subjective and, in my view, some trace of her is an oustanding piece of work. Katie Mitchell and her remarkable team produce haunting and memorable images which beautifully convey aspects of The Idiot. Ben Whishaw and Hattie Morahan are quite stunning. - fred
18 Oct 08
The only thing I take issue with in Michael Coveney's WOS review is the that the programme notes ae fascinating. I found them very dull; otherwise, I'm with him on how uninvolving this production was. It is completely at the mercy of its technique, a victim of its method. On stage you mostly get lots of equipment-moving, camera pointing, technical set-ups; on screen you get amateurish images resulting from all this activity, so we're left with neither a decent stage show or a good 'film'. When Katie Mitchell moves away from the South Bank she produces good, effective, sparse work, underlining how she seems to treat the NT as a sort of toyshop, in which they unfortunately indulge her. This production, with its ludicrous "...", is an example of KM putting her stamp on a piece so heavily it's flattened beyond recognition. - Sycamore Flint
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