Sunday, January 27, 2013

Photos from "Clive" from Chris Carr

       Greg Murphy, Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Carr at Off-Broadway play "Clive" in NYC.
       Thanks Chris for sharing your photos and notes!


      I started writing a rather formal review of Clive but that was no fun.  The fact is I'm not a critic, and although educated, not a sophisticated theater goer, so my opinion on the artistic merits would be, well, not worth much.  So rather than a review, here are some observations from a Vincent D'onofrio fan after watching three consecutive performances of Clive this weekend.

The music was great, and I wish there were more of it.  I don't know if the song sung by Ethan Hawke with decreasing clarity throughout the show is an original work or not, but if it's available on iTunes, I'd like to know.  The number of times I've heard a new song and sought it out on iTunes?  None.  My iPod is full of 70s and 80s stuff.  It must have been good.

It accomplished what it set out to do. You don't go into an Indian restaurant and expect steak and baked potatoes on the menu.  This isn't mainstream theater and it doesn't pretend to be.  It is an intensely dark (although surprisingly funny in places) tale of what happens when the main character, Clive,  leads a life so carnal, so destructive, that one by one those who bought into his self-proclaimed awesomeness end up hurt or dead.  Including Clive himself.  The play tells that tale with great effectiveness.

The cast was stellar, from top to bottom, and they worked together so well.  I know I'm biased but I thought Vincent D'onofrio  ("Doc") and Ethan Hawke played off each other wonderfully.  The scenes which featured Clive and Doc were the most powerful because they were the most authentic.  Hats off to both of them.

Another fan
Vincent D'onofrio knows how to use his size on stage with great effect.  His character is supposed to be larger than life and Vincent knows his size can help bring that across so every movement, every step, every facial expression, seems huge.  His was a commanding presence.

You will get much more out of this play if you see it more than once.  There are many things going on and just like any good movie, you are likely to miss some good stuff if you only give it one shot.  Seeing the play 3 times in a row was a luxury most people don't have, but it added so much to my appreciation of the play.  (How could I have NOT noticed there were live fish swimming around in a clear bucket of water in the last scene the first two times I saw it?  They were live fish for crying out loud!)  And the music grew on me too after hearing it a few times.  I hadn't planned to see the play that way, but I'm glad I did.

Audiences are like juries.  We assume they understand what they are seeing and hearing when to a surprising degree they don't, which is pretty scary.  Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about:

 Fans with Vincent


Woman behind me:  I don't like the set.
Husband:  Why not?
Woman:  It doesn't match.  The walls look grungy and dark and have beer cans in them, but the things hanging from the ceiling look too nice...too luxurious.

(NOTE:  the "things hanging from the ceiling" were pieces of beer cans sliced up.  I guess we all have different ideas about luxurious means)

Greg Murphy with Vincent

Different woman behind me:  I know it's based on a play by Brecht but I hope that's not true.  I hate Brecht.
(I'm sure they just advertised the play that way to bring in all the diehard Brecht fans out there...a bait and switch kind of thing.  And you came to this play why exactly?)

Woman to her husband on the way out:  That Doc guy was so evil...what an awful person!

(Doc was probably the only character in the whole play with any redeeming qualities which her husband patiently pointed out)

And, my personal favorite:

Woman to her friend on the way out:  Too bad they had to get an understudy for Vincent Onofrio.

(Not only did she not know what he looked like, she couldn't pronounce his name.  I almost got violent with this one.)

I really enjoyed this experience.  Haven't been to any play, off or on Broadway, in over a year so this was a treat.  Here's my recommendation.  Go, bring friends and family, wait for Vincent after the show, take lots of pictures and send them in for use in the calendar next year!

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judith said...

Lucky Chris....

sixtwosue said...

So yes, I've been a bit nervous because I'm bringing my friend with me to this. I am totally stealing the "You don't go into an Indian restaurant and expect steak and baked potatoes on the menu" line. It's one thing to see a play on your own that has gotten scathing reviews, but to bring someone with you ... but he and I always have a delightful dinner and drinking experience in NYC, so I imagine he'll forgive me.

I will prepare him for the fact that this is an offbeat production, and I thank Chris for her very insightful review.

Regina Caschetto said...

Thank you, Chris, for the pictures & honest review. Three times - you are a great fan, only why didn't you correct or kick that last woman - "Onofrio!"

InsubordinationFreak said...

I'd rather read your thoughts than a theatre critic's. If I lived anywhere near NYC, I'd have seen it a few times too - just to see the chemistry between Hawke and VDO.

Chortled at the comments you overheard. She put the D'oh in D'Onofrio.

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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