And so I saw The Moon for the Misbegotten. Just a few facts before I give my verdict:
For me Kevin Spacey is the second best actor in the Universe, I think he is fantastic, no matter what he plays.
I also saw him on stage as Richard II in the Old Vic last year, and loved it, despite my total lack of Shakespearian background and my ears not totally geared to tune in to old English.
But about the Moon for the Misbegotten.
The other two main cast members in this play were absolutely fantastic. My reason to watch this play was Spacey though, and he did great. I cried when he cried and laughed when he laughed. He is enchanting on stage and seeing him just a few meters away from me was, again, surreal. But nice.
Weirdly enough you can have 3 fantastic actors, a beautiful theatre, a great set design and still end up with a play that wasn’t truly fantastic. And I have been wondering why.
Too much talking? Well that is the nature of theatre. Not British enough? Mmm, interesting question.
No real closure in the end (not for everybody at least)? That might be something, I like to have some kind of closure, whether it is a film or a play. And if there isn’t any closure, at least I want to feel hurt or shocked, but I wasn’t really touched by anything in this play.
Was it because I am more a film person than a theatre play person ? Well may be, but I loved Richard II, the Rachel Corrie play and Blue/Orange (and not only because Bill was in it) altogether. Theatre can touch me just as much as a film.
Somehow I found the Moon boring, too long at some points, too little Spacey, I guess it just wasn’t my play. I felt trapped in the set. I am not a theatre expert at all and I don’t know much about theatre, so this is how I experienced it – you might just love it. And they might still change things in it as it is still in preview. I am very curious to read what other reviewers are going to say.
Kevin Spacey still does his signature writing in the ticket booth kind of thing thingy after the play so line up if you want to have his autograph. I did. Weird as it is, and I wonder why he does it at all, probably to spread some good will, as it didn’t seem to be his most favourite thing to do. Of course not, he is an actor, and actors belong either on stage or on a set.
Kevin Spacey is doing a lot of good work in and around the Old Vic theatre. Young people get big discounts on tickets, low income residents in the Waterloo community have been invited into the theatre either for free or for a very low fee. I think London should be happy to have him. I am for sure, even though it has put his film career on a low gear. If he appears in a new play again, somewhere next year, I am surely going to see him again.
Update: you want to see this, a video diary of the cast while working on this play.