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Friday 7th December 2007
Thought for the Day | 'LIKE PATIENCE ON A MONUMENT...'

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Written by Howard Loxton

In Mark O'Rowe's Crestfall – at Theatre503 until 15 December – three actresses each have a 25-minute monologue, which keeps them on stage, seemingly motionless, for the rest of the play. For 50 minutes Niamh Cusack stands upstage against a wall and Pauline Hutton and Orla Fitzgerald huddle downstage on the floor, opposite each other.

What is going on? Is this a crash course for playing Shakespeare's Hermione or the statue of Eros in a revival of London Town? Or is director Róisín McBrinn auditioning for a resurrection of Max Reinhardt's production of The Miracle at Earls Court? Even the Windmill nudes would have found this half an hour too far. True, it's pretty dark and the occasional muscle flexed discreetly might not be noticed, but I take my hat of to them, especially Fitzgerald who has to wait 'til last. It is a tribute to their endurance and their physical training. I know I'd be too cramped to stand up and perform with energy.

Howard Loxton © 2007

 
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