Я тут опять собираюсь на Бланшетт, поэтому вот вам отзыв.
Не мой, но все настолько единодушны, что мог быть и моим. Со спойлерами (ну как спойлерами... :shy: Например, почему надо сидеть посередине зала или правее ).
person after seeing When we have sufficiently tortured each other:When we have sufficiently tortured each other: the ugly review
Disclaimer: I want to talk about the play, but the thoughts in my head are still pretty much an incoherent mess and they’ll probably never make sense because the experience that was watching her live was just too overwhelming for my brain to have registered something resembling a logic thought. Therefore, this will, without a doubt, be the worst review in the history of reviews! I apologize in advance but I really wanted to write this down. Also, it’s gonna be inappropriately long..
First thing first, I wanted to talk about Cate’s incredible and outstanding performance. I thought I had already seen Cate masterfully use a wide range of emotions, and I thought I couldn’t appreciate and admire her acting and the way she’s able to give life to characters, each with their own peculiar shade of personality, more than I already did, but every time I watch something new of hers I’m left positively shocked. It’s unreal how every character she’s played it’s so different and distinguishable from the others; just like snowflakes: no two are the same. And in the midst of these interpretations it’s impossible to detect traces of the real Cate or any of her other characters. Her expressions are different, the way she talks, the way she smiles they are all incredibly unique. She’s able to give depth and credibility to every single character, making it impossible to see one of them in any of her previous work. The character/s she portrays in this play are probably the most intense I’ve seen her playing. From the first moment she enters the stage, from the very first word she says in a voice that’s as gravelly as it can get, all the attention is immediately and inevitably drawn to her. All the actors have been incredible, but let me tell you that there is something about her that makes you forget she’s even acting, which is even more of a challenge considering that theatrical interpretation is inevitably dramatic and purposely over the top, yet she manages to make it look effortlessly real!
She interprets both the woman and the man, switching majestically between these two characters. She takes off her wig and wears her slacks and she becomes a man, there is no Cate Blanchett, no Pamela (her character’s name) there is not a trace of femininity in her anymore - she becomes the man, within the span of a second. Her accent changes, as well as her voice, and her every movement of her body is channeled into giving life to this violent, aggressive and dominant male character. She can outstandingly switch from being a passive and fearful woman, being dragged down and abused, to being the controlling abuser. I was utterly mesmerized seeing her flirting in a sweet innocent voice, to seducing with such confidence, to crawling across the stage, to losing her shit perfectly resembling the definition of neurotic. Her performance is the most intense thing I’ve ever seen, I don’t know how to describe what I saw, all I could say is that it feels like she’s a burning fire, a powerful tornado capable of destroying everything simply with the sound of her voice. She’s untamable.
They play, as you may already know, explores the the issues of gender roles in a relationship, and what I liked about it is that the point this adaptation is trying to make is not entirely clear, you’re left wondering. It’s not there to teach you something, but to provoke a discussion. It’s open to personal and subjective interpretation, so what I got from it might be completely different from what others have understood. What I got from it is that most of the behavior we adopt is not embodied in our genders but rather in the concept of them, in the abstract idea of what a woman and a man should be like and what society expects from us, which is a great force we’re all, one way or another, subjected to, and that inevitably chases us even when we’re trying to escape from its cages. It was controversial and chaotic, and this is why I understand that a lot of people were left disappointed, because unlike most things we’re used to and we, as flawed human beings need, this play doesn’t produce any clear explanation.
Now, a quick list of the (unserious) very random things that were the cause of my early death. I apologize for the trashiness.
— First thing that had my breath hitched: this part 👇🏼 happened in the beginning, and just let me tell you that this picture was taken at a very wrong angle, because what you can’t see is Cate lifting up her skirt leaving the audience with a nice, killer view of her bottom. All of that done deliberately in a teasing manner. She then took his hand and placed it on her ass…
— Cate’s skin is smooth!!!!!!! I swear, even from a distance it looked like it was made of the purest silk.
— HEART ATTACK ALERT 🚨 This woman literally crawled on top of the hood of a car! Imagine her walking around the vehicle, position herself behind it, jump on it with such grace and sensuality, and then crawl on top of it. I gasped so loud that the lady next to me gave me a side-eye.
— She also crawled across the floor on all four.
— I was utterly, irredeemably, overwhelmingly shocked to see her ass. I guess it’s mainly because Cate has never been one of those actresses who doesn’t seem very keen on exposing her body, even if it’s for a job, so I certainly wasn’t expecting THAT, but oh boy she did it… she stripped down to that bodysuit corset, and you think that the skirt she’s wearing over it is gonna stay on, but nope, the skirt comes off as well and let me just say… we had a full view. So much for not working out, woman! Ps. Refraining from giving too many details. Pps. It is not objectification, as once Sandy Bullock said, I’m appreciating!!!
— In my opinion, one of the sexiest thing, is when she sat the man down on a step, she unzipped her man’s slacks ⚠️BDE⚠️, dropped to her knees, and spread the man’s legs. THE POWER.
— Yes, the rumors are true. She had the audacity to moan for a few minutes straight on stage. How dare she? I’ve never been more grateful in my entire life for Cate Blanchett’s willingless to take risks. I could write a whole page about those 2 minutes alone. I’m just gonna leave this with her quote: “put your hand here,” said Ms. Blanchett lifting up her skirt.
— At one point the couple engaged in very “adult activities”, she was leaning against the car, back on the side door, the man on top of her, and one of her legs was oh-god-so-sensually propped up against what looked like a bookshelf to support herself, and THAT my dear friends, it’s something I’ll never be able to forget. My brain stopped functioning, so much so that I accidentally dropped my purse, which, clattered loudly on the floor!!!
— She’s 49 and her body is one of a 25 year old. That woman is an immortal goddess, and no one can say otherwise.
— Her strap is black and, unsurprisingly, big… we thought she already had a BDE, but this is a whole other level. She wears it in the most natural way, never failing to be sensual.
— I don’t think it’s humanly possible to be able to be equally sexy wearing a lacy corset and leather garter belt suspenders, AND a man’s suit, but Cate… she does, she can, she’s the one who can do both!
— As Oceansgate mentioned before her voice sounded like Carol’s at some point, but at some other points it sounded exactly like Hela’s, especially when she was playing the dominant character, and I’ve never felt weaker!!!
Okay, that’s it for now, if something else comes to mind I’ll write it down. For now, enjoy this! If you’re curious about some more in depth details message me here, and I’ll be happy to be as thorough as I can be 🙈
Quick update: my mother found out what the play’s about hahaha I want to die.