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National Theatre Live: Obsession (2017)

| Drama | 11 May 2017 (UK)
A drifter falls for a married woman at road side diner and the two plot to kill her husband.

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First experience of Streamed theatre!
11 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

As a lover of theatre and musicals it has long been a dream of mine to see a stage show with a big name actor in it... however this is made difficult by living in Northern Ireland. So when they started introducing NTL to my local cinemas I though it would be a chance to cross this off my wish list.

I was not disappointed! The play was superb, and only after viewing did I realise it was the same story as 'the postman always rings twice'. The director decided to forgo lavish sets and instead went for a minimalist approach having only 2 or 3 props on stage throughout the entire show which allowed your imagination to fill in the gaps but always allowed all of the focus to be on the powerhouse performances of its too leads. I have always been a fan of Jude Law and to see him do his thing without fancy editing or retakes was a thing of beauty. The chemistry between the two stars was excellent and watching it on a cinema screen allowed for close ups of the actors faces! Without spoiling anything a scene near the end where his word are emotional but his face emotionless stood out to me as a perfect representation of how his character felt in the situation he had found himself.

All in all I really enjoyed the experience and look forward to seeing angels in America next month with Andrew Garfield as the lead!


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