While today's big theatrical event (for me) is reserved for this evening, this afternoon will find me taking in one of London's hottest tickets.
At the behest of Modern Fabulousity, I snared tickets to see Kenneth Branagh perform in the title role of a new revival for Anton Chekhov's Ivanov. Helmed by Michael Grandage, this "new version" of the classic play is supplied by none other than the estimable Tom Stoppard. This Donmar Warehouse production is also being performed as the launch of the theatre company's year-long residency at Wyndham's Theatre.
While described by many London critics as a "must see," the assessment mattering most to me was from the real arbiters of West End taste: the West End Whingers. I was relieved to read in their review:
Although Act 1 was distinctly un-gripping, Act 2 was better and good enough to get the Whingers back after the interval. It got grippier and grippier and by Act 4 the Whingers were having a whale of a time.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).