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This topic is for reviews and fan feedback on Damien's new play at the National Theatre.

If you have been lucky enough to see it, come and share your thoughts!

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I Wish!

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"We've been played! My God! We've been played!"

"Annie's getting hysterical downstairs and I'm not enjoying it"

"kill me. Kill me now. You can tell Annie that I attacked you or something"

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eep! love this blogger's DaMo-centric review of 'The Hard Problem'!

(spoiler-ish warning!)

Some initial points of interest* about The Hard Problem at National Theatre

 
  • Damien Molony looking cute in a cardigan
  • The line “she was milking the family buffalo at 8” is mentioned. It is a winner.
  • Damien Molony looking strangely alluring in a lady’s shorty robe
  • Olivia Vinall looks to be the new Hattie Morahan, and delivers the leading role here with a delightful mixture of charm and confidence – nice to see her outwith Shakespearean damsel mode for once
  • Damien Molony’s thighs in said robe. *swoons*
  • Stoppard hasn’t reined in his tendency to lay his research bare. Not sure what a hedge fund is? A character conveniently asks the question to allow an explanation… Nor is there a huge deal of sophistication in his plotting, the twists that come seem rather obvious (though this could possibly have been his intention)
  • Damien Molony in his boxers
  • The play does have some meaty, fascinating aspects to it though, pairing up thoughtful forays into God versus science and the mind versus the brain, whilst also delving into the financial markets, research ethics and the vagaries of human behaviour, especially under pressure. Heaven only knows what those who've done their homework will make of it, for me it could do with exploiting the emotional angle more fully.
  • For all his hotness, Damien Molony could really do with enunciating and projecting a little better.
  • And plus ça change at the Dorfman/Cottesloe as in its end-on configuration, Row S clearly stands for severely restricted view - the cheap seats in the gallery on the right hand side (looking at the stage) cut off an area where Hytner frustratingly places actors on a regular basis. Even leaning didn’t really help. And with all the recent renovation work, it’s surprising the NT hasn’t managed to put signs up to Door C or Row S (or indeed placed ushers on that level to help out customers).
  • I continue to love Lucy Robinson, my first ever Lady Macbeth, even when she's forced to swear like she's in a Richard Curtis film.
  • Some gorgeous brainwave and synapse-inspired design work by Bob Crowley and lighting designer Mark Henderson make it visually arresting, though the reliance on the piano soundtrack felt a little clichéd and uninspired. Press go in on Wednesday though it is hard to imagine, that with this being Hytner's directorial swansong as Artistic Director and Stoppard's first new play in nine years, that a certain air of benevolence won't characterise a goodly portion of the critical responses. If you've been already, let me know what you thought of it. 
*Yes, shallowness abounds but hey, it's Friday night.

- See more at: http://oughttobeclowns.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/some-initial-points-of-interest-about.html#sthash.M1d6gdDh.XTVUa2pD.dpuf



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Oh my god I love her!!! 

Out of all the plays I could have chosen, I went to see in person the LEAST fangirly one!  I wouldn't trade it for the world, but is going to London every year to catch Damo plays (half naked) really too much to ask for? 



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It sounds like us Molonians are in for quite a treat whether we are seeing this in person at the theatre or on the big screen with NT Live!!

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Woah it's been a while since I saw Damo in his boxers......(travelling light flashbacks) 😂 lol xx

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Oh my god..... This.. This is something!!!!!! Haha!

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It struck me that Damien was also in his boxers in Travelling light Su... wonder if it is in all his NT contracts?

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I'll just leave this here.

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Must be a Molonian drawing up those contracts!

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So the real Hard Problem is how do we stop ourselves from shouting 'Undressed!' at this point?

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LMAO! Well played Woo! Well Played!!

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My all time fave Hal line (just love the way he says it)

"We've been played! My God! We've been played!"

"Annie's getting hysterical downstairs and I'm not enjoying it"

"kill me. Kill me now. You can tell Annie that I attacked you or something"

"“Were you guys talking about me? I heard ‘clearly gorgeous’” 

 "Yes because otherwise you are quite the catch"

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Hahahaha! Oh gosh.. Oh that's so brilliant. Still chuckling.. Jeez



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Lol! very risky strategy by the playwright and NT ....who surely can't be inviting audience participation! We need to see a photo of the audience at that point, their faces!

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Press night for the Hard problem tonight! Exciting!

There have been mixed reviews on Twitter for the play, but overwhelmingly positive so far.

This one amused:

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Are any of us going to be able to actually focus on the play?



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