trees not people
Since most of today was spent sleeping, I'll talk some more about the production of The Mill on the Floss that I saw last night.
Having three different women portraying the character of Maggie in the play and then having them on the stage at the same time was the most interesting part of the night for me. Some of the synchronized dance moves that they made bothered me, but in terms of personality the three of them seemed very natural to me. Plus I also thought that the dialogues that they would have amongst themselves were clever. It was inner thought come to life, which is the heart of the stage, but it doesn't always happen that way.
The two complaints that I did have about the play had nothing to do with the acting. The first thing that bothered me the most was the stage itself. Going down the center of the floor were these blue and purple painted boards that looked awful next to the natural grain of the rest of the stage. At one point in the play the center of the stage became a river, but that could have been done differently or at least in a more subtle manner. Actually until the scene happened, I spent a good part of the night wondering why they chose such garish colors.
My other main objection were the scenes that took place in the Red Deeps. From what I gather this part of the country was heavily wooded which would have been fine except instead of trees on stage people pretended to be trees. Sigh. Okay, maybe it costs less to have people stand real still than it is to buy or create prop trees, but I found it to be distracting if not silly.
Someone at work asked me if I was going to be bored now that I was back home and I said no. For a moment I thought that I might have been too hasty in my reply, but so far I've been right. Since my return the days have been full of activity and I don't see things slowing down any time soon.