“Look Back in Anger”

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sam Gold, director, and Matthew Rhys, who plays Jimmy, discuss the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of “Look Back in Anger.” Often regarded as a pivotal theatrical work of the last century, the play is a vibrant drama about four people struggling to live together and love each other in 1950s England. It’s playing at the Laura Pels Theatre.


Sam Gold and Matthew Rhys

Comments [5]

Constance from Larchmont

Mr. Gold is so inarticulate here that I can't help but dismiss him and his ideas. I saw the play and was so disappointed in this production. To me it only showed what a poor understanding this director has of the piece.

Feb. 19 2012 03:18 PM

I'd hardly call Helena a "layer". She's a way to continue justifying the ego-stroking misogyny. She's a character who encourages the wife (who's complicit only in the way most spousal victims are) to leave her abuser, only for the audience to discover she just wanted the whiny, bullying useless blowhard all to herself.

Please let this dated piece of misogynistic male masturbatory material be relegated to it's proper place beneath the bed of embittered, sexually frustrated losers.

Feb. 17 2012 12:27 PM

The New Yorker article helped me place this ugly, brutal, nasty play in its historical context.

Still, I don't think the misogyny issue should be just poo-poo'd in your guests' oh-so-genteel Brit way. It is STEEPED in misogyny. It glories in it, lovingly, sadistically. To dismiss its misogyny is similar to dismissing the racism in "Birth of a Nation."

Sure, play it again, Sam, if you must, but don't try to diminish its glaring, destructive faults.

Feb. 17 2012 12:26 PM

Hamlet?? Seriously??? I can't believe you're resurrecting this antiquated nonsense. I read this production has had to be heavily recut for modern sensibilities which makes sense so why not be honest. The play reflects a Britain that had lost it's empire and was feeling emasculated, Daddy had let the boys down and shown his weakness, so let's kicks the cat, i.e. your mother/wife. Interesting it's being resurrected here and at this time for America, don't you think?

Feb. 17 2012 12:19 PM
ellen from nyc

Lenny, could you ask guests to limit the 'ya knows' to maybe one every sentence or 2, instead of every 5th word or so? Cite listener complaints. Just talk slower, -- easy to correct this habit. This trend is making interviews too irritating and tedious to listen to. It's getting to be like a virus. I just tuned in and decided to turn it off

Feb. 17 2012 12:15 PM

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