Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Large Shipwreck Update

Reviews have built up during Christmas, so I'll just do them all in one post.

Leading The Charge and International Herald Tribune have the same review and describe Jennifer Ehle's performance like this:
One involves the lovely Jennifer Ehle , bewitching as Herzen‘s free-spirited wife. She is a woman who gives a bit too freely — and to one too many people. Her dalliance with German poet George Herwegh (a humorously self-centered David Harbour) threatens to capsize her marriage to Herzen.

Elysa Gardner from USA Today is impressed by Shipwreck's script and scope.
Ehle makes a convincing soul mate and sparring partner, relaying Natalie's fierce emotions and convictions with a stringent intensity.

The Variety Review is out:
The compelling work of O'Byrne and Ehle dominates the play, and their confrontation, when Alexander learns of Natalie's affair, is shattering. reports:
Women, who seemed a bit too "Little Women" in the first section, have far more fascinating things to do here. Bourgeois marriage is under scrutiny - this time, for both sexes - which gives the radiant Jennifer Ehle, as Herzen's wife, a lighthearted liaison with a friend (Martha Plimpton) and a more serious affair with George Herwegh (David Harbour), a romantic German poet indulged by his rich Jewish wife (Bianca Amato).

Theatre Mania
gives a positive review.

NY Sun is not so positive but calls Jennifer Ehle "ravishing".

New York Post is very enthusiastic:
Circling around him are his wife, the ethereally spiritual Natalie (another touchingly tender yet impulsive portrayal from Ehle); her bumptious German lover, the poet George Herwegh (a colorless performance by David Harbour); Herwegh's wife, Emma (a softly spirited Bianca Amato), and characters we met in the first installment: Crudup's nuanced literary critic, Belinsky; and Ethan Hawke's firebrand Michael Bakunin. Stoppard is totally a man of the theater. In one fantastic tableau, he anticipates by 14 years Manet's great painting "Dejeuner sur l'herbe," which has Ehle totally but tastefully nude.
Led by Ehle's conflicted, deeply felt Natalie, women assume greater prominence in this segment of the trilogy, their influence lending some heart -- for good or ill -- to the relentlessly cerebral preoccupations of the menfolk.

New York Daily News gives their review:
Ehle, as his wife, simmers with sensuality and intelligence.

That's about it for now! Brace yourselves for more!


Ros said...

Just a website suggestion - can't you change the pic of JE on the title banner to another pic that's better. That pic of JE looks a bit androgynous; not a very flattering pic of JE. I know the short hair is her current look, but please replace the pic.

Chelsea said...

Thanks for your suggestion Ros, we chose it cos we liked it and it was nice and professional... I'll mention it to Tina though when she gets back from overseas.

Ros said...

But overall, I love the site's design.

T said...

Androgyny's the new black! heh. I can't see it though, she looks herself to me. But will see what I can do. All her latest headshots are with short hair.