re: How I Learned To Drive last night (no spoilers)
Last Edit: Delvino 12:19 pm EDT 05/11/22
Posted by: Delvino 12:19 pm EDT 05/11/22
In reply to: How I Learned To Drive last night (no spoilers) - ablankpage 12:03 pm EDT 05/11/22

Agree on all points, but especially about actor age contributing to the play's depth. This is a niche memory play, and witnessing an older woman wrestle with her past has gravitas and added poignancy. And Morse, with his incremental shame self-presenting slowly until the final devastating two scenes, fully illuminates Vogel's stunning thesis: that victim and victimizer are both destroyed by abuse. Morse is twice as disturbing for being all too human. And his age -- that haunted look in his eyes, vitality draining away -- somehow enhances his stakes. We feel this man's internal struggle, a slow gnaw on his soul. And MILD SPOILER the monologue about the fishing trip -- I knew the play but still found myself shocked when we reached its conclusion. In this production the piece can sometimes feel like it's vacillating too quickly between black comedy and earnest drama, but ultimately its rangy style pulls us in and keeps us close to these two beautiful performances.

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