Daily Archives: 22 March 2015

Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

On Saint Patrick’s Day, I went to the National Theatre, for the opening night performance of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit.   Angela Lansbury is making what she says will be her last tour, and Washington is the final stop on its four-city run.

She was, of course, wonderful.  She’d won her fifth Tony award for an earlier New York staging of the play, and her performance in the role of Madame Arcati, medium and clairvoyant, is a show-stopper.

The play itself was an old-fashioned joy.  It’s the kind of “sophisticated,” upper-class nonsense that Coward did so well.  The style is out of fashion today, but still makes for a delightful night at the theatre.

The play will run through 29 March 2015.


Ex Machina — International Trailer

This looks intriguing.   Ex Machina opened in the UK back in January, to excellent reviews—it’s got a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  It’s the directorial debut of Alex Garland, who wrote 28 Days Later and Sunshine.

US release date is 10 April 2015.

How Game of Thrones Will End. (Non-Spoiler)

Pajiba has an interesting piece about a panel at the Oxford Union that featured key Game of Thrones people including Kit (“You know nothing, Jon Snow”) Harrington and GoT co-creator and show runner David Benioff, in which Benioff discussed the increasing divergence of the TV show from the books.  He said that despite the alterations, the books and the TV series will end the same way.

Some Pajiba commenters speculated:

GoT Ending

The Pajiba article has a video of the full Oxford Union program.

Sunday Morning — Victoriana of the Week

“The Parting Cheer.” by Henry Nelson O’Neil

Something a little different this week.

Henry Nelson O’Neil wasn’t a Pre-Raphaelite.  In fact, he was the most outspoken member of The Clique, a group of artists who vehemently opposed the Pre-Raphaelites.

Most of O’Neil’s work portrays historical subjects. like the above depiction of an  an emigrant ship leaving England, and “Before Waterloo,” pictured below.

I’m just now in the process of discovering O’Neil’s work.  Like it a lot.


“Before Waterloo,” by Henry Nelson O’Neil