There's action tonight (Wednesday, 5 May) upstairs and downstairs at THEATREWORKS. Upstairs in the Bon Vivant, there's our first screening of THE HABIT OF ART, a broadcast of a live performance of Alan Bennett's new play direct from London's Royal National Theatre. I saw the play in January, and it's a treat. A bit of a mess of a play, but entertaining throughout, with marvellous performances. It's a play about making art, and making theatre, and also about the poet W.H. Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten, two men with the habit of art, and also about their homosexuality, their growing older, and their imagined meeting together. The play on the big screen works surprisingly well--- you see and hear everything perfectly, even better than if you were actually there. The last few moments of the play, given over finally to the stage manager (the play is staged as a rehearsal of a play in progress), are moving and memorable.
Downstairs, on a smaller stage, there's some actual live theater. LOVE! FIGHT! DIE! is an evening of Shakespeare scenes, some wild and crazy, peformed by our talented theater students in the Osborne Studio. The show begins at 8:00---admission is free, and on a first come basis. The kids are good--take it from a man who knows them--and Shakespeare can't be beat.
If you find yourself torn in agony about which show to see, we have a solution. See the Shakespeare tonight,and THE HABIT OF ART next Wednesday, when there will be a second screening of the play in the Bon Vivant Theater.
Whatever your pleasure,this is another good night to spend with THEATREWORKS.