with the deeply talented ensemble all the way from England (so dreamy to spend an hour ninety minutes or more surrounded by the voices from the country of our birth) called Kneehigh.
the Performance of Brief Encounter was exquisitely and delicately performed with baited breath of tired settled-for-lives-broken-out-for-a-moment-of-love and oh so terribly Heartbreaking.
the Production was gloriously innovative – back-screen Projection, breaking-the-4th-wall, almost a tiny bit Brechtian (if one can be so and god knows these Times probably do lend themselves to Mr. B. Brecht) in its pared down staging and then there was Physical theatre and movement and stagecraft and a lot of engendering of “gosh!” from the audience.
note to the english cast (we should say UK cast for there was a small Scottish vowel sound at one point which was rich and dangerous and rugged and most welcome) – yes, the Americans clap after everything clever.
it’s hard to get used to (or rather nice, in fact) – perhaps we should say – hard to go back to northern european audiences who wait until the end (to be polite).
americans though, will clap and show their appreciation Throughout the performance in an engaging and very Lovely way.
one of the reasons we’ve stayed.
people are so Friendly.
whether they are, or not, is really not the point.
they Appear so.
so it makes for a smoother life in L.A.
now where were we?
kudos to the fine director – a Lady Director – always chest-puffing up proud to see a woman at the helm (of anything).
let’s have a little Master Class about Noël Peirce Coward himself :
do you have a cup of tea and a throw on the chaise?
close your eyes and let these vowels caress your inner ear:
In other news:
Some people have asked if we’ll be doing a Book Signing.
As you know, who-we-are-in-RL is rather shy.
so we’ve Persuaded her to do just a few book signings – mostly Private ones.
and last night she signed books (we prepped the pen and admired the chandelier in the main room overlooking the Hollywood Hills because #weadoreachandelier) at the Home of Mr. George Snyder, just before we left for the theatre.
it was lovely.
we felt emotional. it was delicious.
moving on swiftly.
especially because we poured tea not-so-long-ago while Mr. Snyder himself signed his own novels, for us, and, in a lovely occasion for a Friend visiting From Berlin (one must have such a friend in one’s group – it’s fitting)
do you remember this? we made a short film about the experience.
let’s leave you with another moment from darling Noel.
here’s the original trailer for Brief Encounter, the film, with a link to purchase should it not already be in your (extensive) cinematic home delights.
enjoy the rest of your Sunday and we’ll see you on the other side – Monday (not literally, the Other Side, not quite yet at least, we hope).