"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Dogs & Englishmen at the Civic Theatre
Jim Hutchon was in the Civic stalls ...
production is a series of well-chosen and highly evocative snapshots
of the rollercoaster rags to riches to rags to riches existence of
David Copperfield – with a more than passing nod at its
insights into scenes and patches of narrative give full rein to
Dickens' lyrical sense, and the two actors brought the few characters
they chose to portray into full-on technicolor. I especially liked
Ann Courtney’s 'umble and menacing Uriah Heep who ran a shiver down
my spine. Equally clever was the exchange between Steerforth and his
hapless love-rival Ham Peggotty, engineered to perfection by Stephan
Drury with the assistance of a cane and a necktie.
set was a simple but memorable arrangement of ropes and spars and
worked well to give backgrounds to the many interiors of the
production. And suitably morose music set the mood for the many ups
and downs of the characters.
I wouldn’t want any child to leave the theatre thinking this thing
of glimpses and snatches has given them insight into the rich
kaleidoscope of Copperfield – and even the director recommends they
go home and read the book for the full experience.