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30 June 2015 @ 04:30 pm
two things  
1. How did I not know that Indira Varma played Olivia in the Derek Jacobi Twelfth Night at the Donmar?

2. What does it say about me that I am far more upset about not seeing Indira Varma than about not seeing Derek Jacobi?

(I'm also sad that I was too sick to go to the Globe On Screen Titus in which she played Tamora, but I at least have the option of watching that on DVD or Globe Player once it's out. I love Olivia, and I have yet to see an Olivia that I really love...)
the cold genius: it's all about sex reallyangevin2 on June 30th, 2015 11:40 pm (UTC)
It is out on DVD already! IIRC it came out last week. It's fantastic (and EXTREMELY GORY).
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on July 1st, 2015 01:05 am (UTC)
I missed that! Well, hooray!

(ha, pie icon.)
La Reine Noire: Elizabethlareinenoire on July 1st, 2015 03:53 pm (UTC)
I want to see Indira Varma do everything, really. I bet she was a wonderful Olivia, and I'm so looking forward to seeing her as Tamora (although I'll need to time my meals accordingly since I hear that production was bloody even by Titus standards).
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on July 1st, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, same - I really want to see it, but I know I'll have to be quite careful about when I do!
Nea: theaterneadods on July 1st, 2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
It's going to be really cruel of me to say that she was pretty good, won't it?

Although to be honest - there's not much Olivia can *do* as a character. She throws a strop once or twice when she tries to wrest control of her own household back, but she still gets played like a viola. So Indira was good, but considering that the staging was "this is all happening at the beach" she mostly strolled around wearing capris and dipping her fingers into water. She did so compellingly, but the director didn't give her much "there" there.

Of course, Twelfth Night at the beach is already a bit brain-blowing. It's not really beach reading, not with that undertow of bullying and the downer of a final line.

We both need to see the Stratford (Ont.) Twelfth Night that was very music-centric. M tells me it was the Don't Miss show of that season and I missed it, but it's out on DVD now.
tempestsarekind: the wind and the raintempestsarekind on July 2nd, 2015 12:20 am (UTC)
Hee. No, it's always nice to hear from people who actually saw a production! Twelfth Night at the beach does seem like an odd combo, though.

We may disagree about Olivia: I don't think *she* gets played, particularly, because her focus is not really on the disorder in the household. She's clearly frustrated with Sir Toby, but every other remark about the household comes via Malvolio, if memory serves. (She runs in to stop the "duel" between Sir Andrew and Cesario-really-Sebastian, but that's more because she's in love with Cesario, I think - her anger is because she thinks he's in danger.) Even the whole "hey, Malvolio is mad" thing is pretty incidental to her; there's that one scene where she's horrified by his cross-gartering, but then after that she seems to dismiss him from her mind: at the end of the play, she's actually forgotten that she was told about his madness: "fetch Malvolio hither; / And yet, alas, now I remember me, / They say, poor gentleman, he's much distract."

I think the thing that's compelling about her character is something I rarely see played: the fact that she knows that her passion for Cesario is making her ridiculous and unwelcome to him, but she can't stop herself from succumbing to it. I've seen a lot of productions that only play her as sexually aggressive in an over-the-top way, purely for laughs, and it seems like such a waste!