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Thought Provoking. Improves if Watched More than Once.
on 1 December 2014
Although this 'opera' by George Bejamin is well produced, directed, acted and staged to the highest, five star, quality, it will not appeal to everyone and it didn't to me. Since I enjoy opera for the music and singing, I wasn't best pleased at having to sit through 90 minutes of actors sing-shouting at each other on one note without the slightest differentiation. Why didn't I just switch it off? Because I wouldn't have been able to write this review if I had.
Although I think I can see what the composer is 'getting at' in this obviously thoughtfully engendered and carefully considered work, which has real meaning for the understanding of the complex interactions involved in human relationships, it isn't the kind of performance I would watch for the sheer enjoyment of it and I think many other people will be like me in this respect. However, since it reveals a deep appreciation of the workings of the human psyche, it's thought provoking and worth enduring' for that reason alone. I would also say that it needs to be watched at least twice to truly appreciate it, although this advice comes with a 'health warning' as many may find this tedious.
It deserves five stars for the high qualities of its composition, production and acting even though some may find it depressing to .watch. However, viewers will notice that the audience on the recording, if their enthusiastic clapping is anything to go by, seem to have appreciated it very much.