A credit I missed for Shrek: choral direction by Katri and Larry Pitts.
CANCELLATION: this weekend's performances of About Time at NCRT have been cancelled, due to an actor's illness, according to Exec Director Michael Thomas.
I hope it's obvious that I didn't intend to detract from anyone's experience of this play. And while feelings may be strong on this point, it is factually true that the birthday cake reveal occurs fairly early in the first act (it is in the third paragraph of the 12 graph Wikipedia summary, for instance) and it is very soon obvious that Gabe can't be "real", especially when he's "present" in Diana's consultation with Doctor Madden.
The matter of spoilers for a play that has been around for four years is debatable. The first reviewers write about it in a particular way, but even though the play is new to the North Coast, my responses to its strengths and weaknesses were predicated on the two-thirds of play in which Gabe's importance was as a powerful delusion. In the end, it is how it all plays out--and how it is played--that is most important to audiences. That Hamlet dies in the end is well known, but people still go to see it happen.
I offer some solace to those who feel the experience of others might be spoiled: not everybody who sees it will read the review before going, if they read it at all. And even those that do will probably not remember this "reveal" until presented with it during the show, as is often true of "spoilers" for movies and books,etc. (This discussion has probably done more to draw attention to Gabe's status than the review did.) And that's without counting the readers who read reviews but who never intend to see the play. There might even be those whose curiosity is piqued enough to see it because they're intrigued by the idea of a woman captivated by a delusion to such an extent that it seems physically real to her, or that the play chooses to make the delusion real to the audience in this way.
Gabe as illusion isn't explained until the end of the second act? That's the end of the play. Gabe as an illusion is made clear in the first fifteen minutes or so (the birthday cake scene), and is hardly the crucial plot point that the Bruce Willis character was in that movie. In fact the dramatic power of Diana's illness depends on knowing pretty early that Gabe is an illusion. Her difficulties in letting go of the illusion is partly what makes Gabe insist he is "real." So while the review does reveal this, I don't think it detracts at all. Especially if audience members know it before the end of the second act.
To clarify, HATER is a production of the HSU Theatre, Film & Dance department.
Sorry, Josh. Stage Matters regrets the error.
Cumberbatch is on record saying that he took aspects of his performance from Brett--it's in one of the commentaries on these DVDs.
It's Brett incidentally that added the scarf to the Sherlock character--something that Cumberbatch also adopts.
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