I went to the theatre last Friday with some tickets a friend couldn't use as he was otherwise engaged. I took My mate K with me, she runs a creative writing class and is a teacher of English, so she likes a good play.
So do I, this wasn't one of them. I'm not saying it didn't have good bits, but by (what I desperately hoped was) the last act I was literally squirming in my seat as I couldn't wait for it to be over. I don't think this has happened to me ever before, and I've sat through some crap in my time. Unless of course you count the Elton John concert some years ago, in his addled phase, when I was so unimpressed that I left at half time. I had a cold, which didn't help.
Anyway, back to the play; the social conscience/political ranting turned me off big time, and this from someone who studied politics and likes a good debate on any subject you care to toss in the ring. For me the characters lacked chemistry and the set was boring as it never changed except for some flowers appearing at one point.
Obviously my advancing years are leaving me unable to appreciate anything with a subtext or requiring deep thought. Maybe I should stick to operetta and farce from now on. Start wading through Mills and Boon. Listen to Ken Bruce without irony. Or just learn to walk out of things when I've had a bellyfull.
K agreed with me on almost all the points, I may add. She also found the storyline confusing and lacking direction. But then she's a few years older than me so one can forgive her a little befuddlement.
We did, though, enjoy the people watching opportunities presented by the audience. K being fascinated by the dynamics of the group-of-three sitting directly in front of us. One hesitates to use the word 'threesome' but if the cap fits and all that. Funnily enough I'd had my eye on a similar group just further along our row. Which strikes me now as being unusual, even for round here. Maybe we stumbled into a Speciality night out without realising it? You know, a bit like singalong-a-Sound of Music. But more of a Friday Night is Threesomes how d'you do. Maybe the play was just a front??