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Tom Hiddleston Returns To The Stage In ‘You Need A Shower’ aka ‘Coriolanus’

© Johan Persson via TimeOut.com
© Johan Persson via TimeOut.com

photos courtesy of Torrilla unless otherwise noted


Something I’ve said today: “I like my Shakespeare like I like my men; leather clad and covered in gore.” Not that this is a strange comment for me to make (as you’ve learned during our sweet time together), but the specific reason it came up today, is this…HAPPY ‘CORIOLANUS’ DAY, BITCHES! HAVE SOME BRAND NEW PICS!


© Johan Persson via TimeOut.com; gif by me for obvious reasons
© Johan Persson via TimeOut.com; gif by me for obvious reasons


What is ‘Coriolanus’, you ask? Oh, ho, ho! Allow me to enlighten you! In the most literal of senses, ‘Coriolanus’ is a Bard flavored tragedy that tells the story of famed Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus which, of course, makes my mention of gore more understandable. Having just finished it’s week worth of previews to be officially “out” on the “Great White Way” of London, excitement is further bubbling because we’ve been blessed with Tom Hiddleston in the title role. I know, I know, I’ve slacked off in not coordinating a group spaz session for this. My sincere apologies! I’ll wait while you get your froth and drool out of the way.


© Johan Persson via TimeOut.com
© Johan Persson via TimeOut.com


Better? So, yes, Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus. All that talent, all that intensity, where it rightfully belongs. I mean, if they’re not handing out smelling salts at the door, that could be a problem! The Donmar Warehouse, along with having a certain amount of last minute performance tickets still available each Monday, will also be doing a live broadcast of the play at select theatres worldwide on January 30th, giving so many of us a chance to bear witness. A pretty sweet deal that brings both more attention to the art itself, as well as feeds our need, if you know what I mean and I think you do. Too, the Donmar has been consistent with their provision of behind the scenes/prep photos leading up to this much anticipated opening so, kudos to them! It’s unsurprising that the addition of Tom coupled with savvy marketing made this play sell out in record time. It’s also why, when those last minute tickets DO go on sale, fan fervor sends the Donmar website crashing. Oops?


via The Donmar Warehouse twitter
via The Donmar Warehouse twitter


Reviews from reputable sources as well as close friends have spoken and, yes, ‘Coriolanus’ is a bonafide success. All parties involved have succeeded in what they’ve set out to do with stellar performances, leaving audiences more than satisfied with this rendition of the tragedy. You can’t see me though I assure you that fist-pumping is periodically happening as I write this! As well as twerks. What?! Anyhoo, epic amounts of congratulations to Tom and his cast mates (including the esteemed Mark Gatiss), whom I can’t wait to see in the New Year*.


*Am I really going to London for the New Year to see ‘Coriolanus’? Short answer is “yes, definitely”. As well as ‘Henry V’. BECAUSE WHY THE HELL NOT?! *maniacal cackle*

‘The Glass Menagerie’ On Broadway: Starring Zachary Quinto And Cherry Jones, A Brief Review

Booth theatre

photos: Me, duh. :p


As some may have heard, Tennessee Williams‘The Glass Menagerie’ has debuted on Broadway following its successful run in Massachusetts. In my typical fashion, I scored tix as soon as they were available. The play is simple yet powerful, and stars only 4 actors; Zachary Quinto, Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Brian J. Smith. It’s a dream-like recount of events in Tom Wingfield’s (Quinto) past which lead him to make choices both necessary and heartbreaking, trapped as he feels by his familial obligations as the “man of the house”.



Never having read Tennessee’s work or seen productions of it, I went into ‘The Glass Menagerie’ completely cold, just how I wanted it. I felt it was important that I get the full effect of the play by having no preconceptions and I’m so glad I made that decision! The play starts somber but then lifts you up…only to send you crashing back down. It’s life represented truly. 99% of the time, I’m in favor of the HEA (Happily Ever After) because life is depressing enough without having reality woven throughout my distractions. I can’t say I minded the opposite of that in this play as it was done so damned well!


ZQ signing autographs


To be honest, Zachary Quinto was the initial draw for me and he definitely lived up to my expectations. There also wasn’t a single aspect of any of the other actors’ performances that I felt didn’t FIT. The stand out, though, was Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield. She’s been in many a film, as a somewhat background actress, but this woman is AMAZING. Flawless and affecting as the nurturing yet stifling mother, calling our attention to issues we all probably have with our own. So clear was her worry for her children’s future, so annoying her lack of ability to simply let things be when she was all too aware of how limited all of their options were. Cherry really blindsides audiences in the best way and Keenan-Bolger’s turn as Tom’s crippled sister, Laura, was similarly poignant.

Celia Keenan-Bolger with fans
Celia Keenan-Bolger with fans


For all my praise of Cherry Jones, I was unable to “stage-door” her i.e. the act of waiting to meet actors as they leave the theatre. Why? Well, I’m sure she came out, but I was too busy shaking after having a mere 4 inches between me and ZQ after “stage-dooring” him! You could say that I “needed an adult” despite actually being an adult. *fans self in remembrance* And what is there to even say about him?! We’ll just leave it at “talented” and throw in the “hot as hell” for good measure. Even though he had somewhere to be between engagements (I was at the Saturday afternoon performance vs. the evening one), he was still gracious enough to give the fans a good 15 minutes of his time before dashing off with a small luggage and his handler in tow. Both Celia and Brian J. Smith were equally thrilled at our little crowd so, I can only imagine that Ms. Jones was as well.


Brian J. Smith was the "Gentleman Caller"
Brian J. Smith was the “Gentleman Caller”.


Final verdict:

If you find yourself in NYC, get thee to ‘The Glass Menagerie’ and you won’t regret the money spent. The Booth theatre is quaint and intimate, oozing that old school Broadway flair, while the play is, of course, full of excellent performances. Not to mention that you get to lavish personal praise on the actors afterwards which always makes for an extra satisfying experience.

‘The Glass Menagerie’ has been extended through to February 23, 2014, tickets available here.


Another injury during “Spider-Man – Turn Off the Dark” on Broadway…Cursed?


Photo: NYTimes

Did someone say Macbeth in the theater? Yet another injury plagues Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the forth since the show has started.  A stunt-double for Spiderman fell eight to 10 feet into a pit when a line holding him apparently snapped. When the lights went on, an announcement said there would be a delay; then, there was an update saying the performance was over. The actor has been identified as 31-year-old Christopher Tierney, was carried out of the theater on a stretcher wearing a neck brace. He is listed in serious condition at New York’s Bellevue hospital with internal bleeding and broken ribs.

During the first previews of the show directed by Julie Taymor, actor Kevin Aubin fractured both wrist during a stunt, while another actor broke both feet attempting the same stunt that would fired him from a slingshot to the stage. Actress Natalie Mendoza, who plays the villain Arachne and who herself suffered a concussion earlier this month, Tweeted: “Please pray with me for my friend Chris, my superhero who quietly inspires me everyday with his spirit. A light in my heart went dim tonight.”

Yikes, just shut this thing down. It’s never going to make enough money to stay open. In fact, it’s going to have to bring in $1 million every week and sell out every night just to break even. I’d say that $65 million dollars wasn’t worth it, even if Bono and The Edge of U2 did the score. Despite crappy reviews, and actors almost dying, it did have $1 million in ticket sales for it’s debut–which was pushed back again, to February 7.