MAN AND SUPERMAN: What a show! NT Live, National Theatre from London has really topped out with this incredible production. One of the best shows I have ever seen.
Frankly, I was not excited to see a Bernard Shaw play. The old man was a bore if I recall from my college days. But Ralph Fiennes is so exquisitely boorish in his verbal abuse against women, marriage, the upper, middle and lower classes of British society, that I was copletely enthralled with his tirades. They were long and relentless and funny and built and built to one climax of humor, fear and critique after another, The writing of course is brilliant in a way I never appreciated or really heard before in my callow youth.
After nearly four hours of watching Ralph twitch and cower and dominate, insult and weave his magical word play, it all boils down to a couple in love, screaming themselves hoarse at each other, like two children on a playground: “I won’t marry you!” You will. I won’t. You will, I won’t.” ETC!
It was completely reminiscent of Shaw’s play”Pygmalion” which of course “My Fair Lady” was based upon. Ralph’s characters is simply more aggressively anti-woman, marriage and love. But his screams are carried into songs we’ve come to love, “Why can’t a woman, be like a man?”sings Rex Harrison in his My Fair Lady role.
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