Saw Frankenstein last night. They taped the play in a really good way, and have been showing it as a film.
It was really, really good. (And I’m not just saying that because it features an opening 10 minutes of the rather delicious Benedict Cumberbatch writing around on the ground in nothing but a nude loincloth)
Time Machine Yeah and Life Through a Pinhole’s Idea to go, but I was definitely happy to oblige- even though it meant driving from the Valley to Downtown LA in rush hour traffic. I dunno why, but I thought traffic would be coming from away from that area after 5, but… well, it’s LA, and what can you really expect other than traffic, right?
Danny Boyle directed it, and I kinda have a thing for people named Danny (not intentionally, but if I was going to collect people going strictly on name alone, you could be sure I’d choose grown men who still choose the name Danny)
One of the cool things about it was that they not only switched the roles of the Creature and Victor Frankenstein (both actors play both parts on different nights) but they filmed both versions. So, Benedict Cumberbatch was The Creature for this show, but next week, they’ll be showing it again as Johnny Lee Miller.
And, it was so good that I’m gonna go again. I’m actually not quite as excited about the actor swap. I definitely made the joke last night that Victor wears clothes in every scene, and therefore, aesthetically speaking, it might not be as interesting. But in all seriousness, the creature is the more endearing character, and Cumberbatch really pulled it off well. I don’t want to prejudice Sherlock 2’s portrayl as the creature, but it’s gonna be kinda hard not to.
Still, if for nothing more than the awesome lighting, worth seeing again.
Ticket info, if you’re willing to make the trek downtown on a Wednesday night for a good show.