|Image: from National Theatre Live Website|
... sequence involving magistrate wearing a red tie ...
We watched the introduction to new shows that are coming before The Magistrate began. I can’t remember the names of what is coming soon. But I know to book my calendar for Feb 7, Feb 17th and late March – I think there is a fabulous modern dance special coming from The Hague and the second National Theatre Live performance is on one of those dates.
The Magistrate was great fun. Imagine how happy I am, watching the kids out of the corner of my eye, listening to Dalton chortle over some of the jokes, hearing the gentle munch of popcorn provided byu Wyona and Greg, and hearing Ceilidh say, “I didn’t understand all of it, Grandma, but the part I did understand, I liked. I don’t think it was quite as good as One Man, Two Governors, though.” I had to agree with her. Tonight we were seeing a Victorian farce that is 130 years old now – the conventions of that farce are not the same as the ones we recognize in modern day comedies. The kids did fantastic as they adjusted to the old forms. The premise was silly – all built around the vagaries of problems that can erupt over the simplest of lies about the ages of one’s children. Of course some things that generate laughter are the same: the Charlie Chaplin walk, the alternate (mis)bobbing of bodies when songs are sung, perfect miming (i.e. kicking a dog that has been nipping at your heels – the imaginary dog seemed to fly up and out over the audience), and a monologue done by the magistrate who demonstrated ‘should I, or shouldn’t I’ kept me in stitches.
The Greek chorus came in the form of Victorian singers / carolers. I could hear Ceilidh humming some of the tunes as we left the theatre: "It's the little lies that get you into trouble" along with "Tipping and the Tuppence" and the "Magistrate".
A good time was had by all in our company.