It seems like the perfect time to start a new thread. First time for me seeing anything by Annie Baker so super excited. Reviews for YS productions all seemed positive so it will be interesting to see what the National does with this material. I was particularly psyched after seeing Hadley Fraser posting this:
It certainly takes a skill to write a long, slow moving play that keeps your interest. I like the way Annie Barker writes but it certainly needs a good pay off
The Flick I felt succeeded with a satisfying ending that spoke to me personally. Enjoyed watching John but it just ended on a disappointing note considering what the characters did up until then. I didn't need to sit through 3 hours and 20 minutes for that.
Still I'm going to see The Antipodes. Annie Barker is certainly not to everyone's tastes but to me the journey is more important watching her plays, which are at a different pace to everything else.
I saw last year's production of 'Circle' in Manchester and it was excellent (same director as Dance Nation and the latter - a couple of months later at the Almeida - very similar in style, and cast including 'Fleabag sister'). I liked the older characters/cast in John but not the younger, and their storyline was obvious from the off. Also - maybe this is a class/'region' thing - but I didn't find the decor 'weird': I know a few people with houses like that and they're not considered odd. If that element doesn't unsettle you I suppose a lot of the play's impact is lost.
I'm a huge fan of Baker's work and found The Flick, Circle Mirror and John all wonderful, so I am looking forward to this. I had already read the play and would say it goes further into the strange territory that John did (which I like, those moments in John were some of my favourites) while maintaining her sharp eye for the nuances of ordinary people and the existential anxieties of modern life.