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Performance: CTC's aces are on the table


The production's rather talented director, Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen (Photo: CTC)

April 26, 2014
07:02

by Ben Hamilton


The Dining Room
Krudttønden, Serridslevvej 2, Cph Ø; April 30-May 10;  140kr; ctcircle.dk



Ever noticed how playwrights live forever. Arthur Miller was 89 when he snuffed it, Edward Albee is alive and kicking at 86, and even Harold Pinter made it to 78, and he loved a drink.

And you can add AR Gurney to the list, the 83-year-old writer of The Dining Room, the CTC spring production that starts at Krudttønden on April 30.

First staged in 1982, the comedy of manners consists of 18 different scenes that overlap and intertwine, revolving around the same dining furniture set, but in different households.

It sounds like a lot of sitting down – a great choice for Denmark then! – but the CTC promises this will be “even sexier, more provocative and more dangerous”. 

This from the group that last year gave us the sexually-charged ‘Earnest’ and ladies’ hearts palpitations all over Hellerup thanks to a certain genie’s moves in the January panto.

Aladdin himself, Sebastien Bagot, is back with another pivotal role as the Musician/Composer, or at least he’s the only cast member that isn’t called Man or Woman (there are six of each).

While there are plenty of other familiar faces (Frank Theakston, Jens Blegaa, Micah Epstein, Vanessa Poole, Debbie Taylor), before you Google any of them to jog your memory, may we advise that you’d be better served looking up newbies Pi Svenstrup and Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen – for research purposes of course.

What, Jeremy’s the director!? But he’s so young and … presentable. What a bastard. If this play’s anywhere as flash as his resume, the CTC will have another winning hand on the table.

 



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