Saturday, May 30, 2009

my blog's namesake

i just found an amazingly interesting blog called 'nickel in the machine.' very british. here is what i read about the debut stage production of 'look back in anger':

In actuality, after the first night the Guardian wrote: ”The author and actors do not persuade us that they ’speak for’ a new generation.” The London Evening Standard called the play “a self-pitying snivel”.
The next day the director of the play Tony Richardson and Osborne sat in the little coffee shop next to the Royal Court theatre utterly depressed. Richardson broke the silence, and said:

“But what on earth did you expect? You didn’t expect them to like it, did you?”

Although the play was generally initially dismissed by most of the critics, a prescient 39 year old Kenneth Tynan wrote in the Observer -

“All the qualities are there, qualities one had despaired of ever seeing on the stage … I doubt if I could love anyone who did not wish to see Look Back in Anger.”

photo: kenneth haigh and mary ure (she was cast in the film as well)

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