One Night in Miami

Four greats, who frequently met as friends, breaking new ground as black men in the USA

Earnest dialogue, with a bit of show biz thrown in.
The earnest discussions see these friends challenging each other on the choices they’ve made on developing their careers and their way forward, the play carries a condemning tone on the Friends of Islam.
Wiki; Guardian (2013).


The Keeper

The “incredible true story” of Margaret Trautman, Bert Trautman, Margaret’s father, Sergeant Smythe, and all touched by the bravery and tragedy and hatred of living through the war.
Shown again on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day by Broadway, and the cinema knew what they were doing. Cos it is the most visible example of reconciliation between German and British people I’ve ever seen.
It is so much more than a football film. (Indeed the commentary of the Wembley final is the one thing the director gets badly wrong.)
I’d wanted to see it during its release in April, but elections got in the way.
It’s a great film and I’d say go see, but it’s gone.
(5 stars; e:5; s:5; p:4; wiki; Guardian – 3 stars; btw, truish rather than “true”.)

The Stepmother

At the Lace Market Theatre, this play by Githa Sowerby, explores issues of how married women could find that they couldn’t control their own money.
Largely outside of today’s experiences, it can be a tad difficult to recognise, and wikipedia explains how the reactions of the time found the villainy of the husband was over-played. It is also a drama about the well to do.
It’s a very full play with a good emphasis on dialogue and is well worth seeing. N Post recommends it.

Rough Crossing

A waiter keeps finding a way of drinking his customer’s cognac. A tad mean. To make it funny, it needed the customer to join in. The whole play needed re-working really – so that the characters were joining together rather than fighting over silly things.
Now some people were laughing out loud. But the audience was small and rather like the Guardian review, you wondered why the play had been resurrected without been saved.

The White Crow

Ballet – codified dance that works for swans but not for mallards.
Maybe cos I don’t like pepper sauce, I can relate to the waiter scene; maybe cos the first London cafe we went to tried to short change us – we were from a village – I can relate to the waiter scene.
I wasn’t as skilled, trained or aware as the Rudolf Nureyev shown in “The White Crow”, but some experiences I can share.
The film title – a Russian saying for someone who is very different – hints at an emphasis on his psyche, backed up by the waiter scene. But the movie tells a better story, with reasoned discussions before the menace purveying the episode of defection; and ballet looks more interesting shot from short range – why didn’t they do the same for Nureyev in the sixties?
The film takes a tad too long to tell its story but it is worthwhile.
(3 stars; e:3; s:4; p:4; wiki; Guardian review – 3 stars; Parkinson interview with Nureyev.)