The plot was slow and Berkoff's perfromance was a disappoitment, especially after all the hype I had heard about him. - Hannah
24 Apr 09
Having loved the film I was a bit dubious about this production but can honestly say I was thrilled. I've not seen anything else by Stephen Berkoff and did not know Simon Merrells (Terry Malloy) so didn't know what to expect. I can't recommend this highly enough and loved the pigeons! - cate
11 Apr 09
I forgot to mention the "pigeons" - almost as funny as The Producers, but absurd in the context of a serious drama. - David Baxter
03 Apr 09
I don't think I've seen the original film which makes it easier to treat On the Waterfront purely as a piece of theatre. Steven Berkoff has certainly created an imaginative production with almost no scenery or props but is also responsible for its' two major weaknesses. In an otherwise strong cast his own performance as the mob boss is horribly misjudged, prompting laughter from the audience rather than fear. Berkoff's trademark slow motion expressionist styling soon becomes irritating and is responsible for a terrible ending; a complete damp squib rather than an uplifting moment of hope. In between there are periods of genuine quality enhanced by excellent lighting and live music but this is only a qualified success. - David
02 Apr 09
Why does Michael Coveney review the cast as though they're Elia Kazan's understudies? This is an entirely different experience (otherwise why do it at all?) but he seems to be reviewing the movie and not the stage show.
This, for me, is Berkoff's best ever production - and I've seen a few in my time. Five stars aren't enough - it's the most stunning piece of pure theatre I've seen since The Dragon's Trilogy.
The audience clearly agreed, with an ovation to die for at the end. However, Berkoff's is a very specific world, and I concede that this wouldn't be everybody's cup of tea. But it sure is mine. - Job
27 Mar 09
Absolutely fantastic. The menacing tension and threatening atmosphere created by the slow motion walk from the gangsters was fantastic. great to see berkoff himself but a fantastic cast working with him. Lovely switch to the physicalisation of the pigeons added a hint of humour. I have seen and directed berkiffs work but this is one of the best. lived it. Thanks to all. - Janet Pearson
23 Feb 09
One of the only shows I had to leave during, I can only put up with two dimensional characters and slow motion walking for so long before I get bored, Berkoff was weak and under powered.
17 Feb 09
I have not seen theatre like this in a long time! And, I go 3 or 4 times a month! Superb! Simon Merrells I had never heard of but now I am a fan!
The whole staging of this was pure theatre - the slow motion - the craggy-faced ensemble cast; the lighting and music! And, the head and shoulders of the Statue of Liberty which reminded me of the end of the original 'The Planet of the Apes' film which the music did sometimes.
It is a must see and definitely an award winner! Bravo Steven Berkoff! - Barry Clarke
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