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The Library Danny (5dc8) 361359
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Who is planning to go see this?
I live in The Netherlands so for me it will be difficult to attend and see the play. However, I need to be in Minneapolis for business in April, hopefully I can break out of the meetings for a day and fly to NY just to see Chloë in person.
Perhaps a bit too far fetched, but what's a fan supposed to do? Might be the only chance I get :)
>>361371>I hate to sound ungrateful
Actually, you sound more like someone that has no grasp on anything you can't place monetary value on.
I know you might find this hard to believe, but for some truly talented artists with real passion for their craft, it's not about a paycheck, it's about creating something of beauty. They don't measure their success on how big their paycheck is. This is also why some a-list actors choose rolls in independent films as well. They obviously don't make much, but that's not their intention to begin with.
Anonymous (f16a) 361409
It's not just the money, though. You risk a LOT on stage. Physically and emotionally. In front of a camera there are unlimited takes to get every shot perfect, in theater you might find yourself flubbing lines and crashing an entire production.
That's immense pressure, man, but if they desire it let it be so. All I really give a shit about is there had better be a veritable plethora of pics pouring out of the events.
Anonymous (7ca8) 361552
That had nothing to do with it unless you are going to pretend that their last movies Contagion and Side Effects were actually good. They aren't George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.
For those that watch Chloë in this play I hope they are better in the theater then they are in Hollywood.
icollect (9f6a) 361846
If someone were to hidden-video this for us–there are glasses, lapel cameras, etc., or just tucking a phone with video camera mode so that the camera lens sticks out over a jacket pocket, etc.–I would so love it even if the video weren't very good. Even audio would be better than nothing, and an audio recorder can stay completely inside a pocket and still get good sound if you're reasonably close.
If anyone's planning this they shouldn't say so publicly, especially if they've already discussed their ticket night. But if anyone does this successfully, I would totally reward them with either their choice of a Celebrity Authentics autographed item up to $150, or one of Chloë's wardrobe items from Carrie or Movie 43 that I mentioned here, with a high-res scan of the COA:https://www.chlomo.org/chan/chloe/res/3357.html#350998
If more than one person gets the play on video, the item would go to the better video. If someone only gets audio, but it's of the whole play, and no one gets video, I'd buy this person their choice of a Celebrity Authentics autographed item up to $99 or a Chloë wardrobe item as mentioned in that thread. I'm totally serious about this, BTW.
Of course, the problem is, if you get caught you get thrown out of the play–and that would be awful. :( So perhaps nobody would risk it. But recording at least audio should be easy and undetectable–I used to record audio from classical music concerts all the time when I was younger, with a micro-tape recorder in my jacket pocket, and these days many cellphones etc. can record audio…
Something to think about, at least. :) I'm hoping someone at least gets audio for us.
icollect (9f6a) 362230
For a commercial play, no, the audience is never allowed to film like they would be at a school play. If anyone wanted to film this it would have to be hidden. And most people wouldn't want to take the chance, because if discovered they'd probably be asked to leave immediately. But I'm hoping at least one person will take the chance…and succeed. :) If not, an audio recording would be nice, and less detectable…
Nobody wants to prevent people from going to the play by having a video made–as if the video would be any substitute for the real thing–but it would be nice to have a record of Chloë's performance. If someone does take the chance to make a video or audio recording, maybe best to wait until after the play closes to release it?
Anonymous (7ca8) 362243
So I was looking into it and apparently these bootlegs of plays are done all the time.
Guess they aren't illegal as they go up on Youtube and nobody has them taken down.
Was checking out the Off-Broadway bootleg of Carrie on Youtube. There are many others as well.http://musical-treasures.tumblr.com/bootlegs
icollect (9f6a) 362259
Nice–I didn't even know that was a widespread thing. :o But notice that these videos are definitely hidden recordings.
The more I think about it though, the more I think that it wouldn't be the best idea if anyone here were to try it unless they're going to more than one performance. Your enjoyment of the play might be ruined if you're the kind of person who'd be nervous and worried about your hidden recording device, and your mind should be on enjoying Chloë's performance…
Anonymous (7ca8) 362489
Bigger more important actual Broadway plays then this have been bootlegged.
The only reason this might not be bootlegged is that none of the people who do it for a living considered it important enough that people wanted to see it.
Tracking down someone selling a bootleg of Chloë's play would be the hard part.
Anonymous (b8f9) 371923
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I really want to go watch it, but I need less distance and more money .GRRRRRR, Im so mad , I hate the distance
WhosTomLe (045f) 373937
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where are you from? (in the most non-creepy way of asking) haha
The Library gabriella hardwicke (537e) 373940
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i take it ;) @gabiwicke
Anonymous (b830) 373944
thanks - was that during the show?
Anonymous (f379) 374125
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←—A short review of the Library from this guy.
>The set is very simple: five library tables and two chairs at each table. The only set changes that occur are moving the chairs and use of lighting and sound to invoke emotion. From the opening scene of Moretz laying down on one of the tables it’s clear the play is going to be driven by the actors’ grief and anger and none of the cast disappoints. Moretz particularly shines from the first scene on where in a fit of sorrow you can actually see her leg muscles tightening from the bottom of her hospital gown and hear/see her panicked breathing throughout her body. As she struggles to tell her story with such pain and honesty you struggle to not yell out you believe her or offer a hug of support.http://www.factorytwofour.com/review-the-library-starring-chloe-grace-moretz/
chlomonator (ea24) 374138
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for those of you who can't make the show, here's an audio recordinghttp://audiour.com/dlyqdbaj
the quality is not that great but it's better than nothing
Anonymous (46eb) 374728
Sorry about the crappy recording. I was sitting in the second row so it could have been a lot worse. I just used the Voice Memo app on my iPhone which only records in 64kb bit rate.
Anyways sitting in the second row was amazing, because not only do you get to hear Chloë's great acting, but being up close you can see the emotion and dedication she put into her role. Especially since she dedicated it to her memom. Too bad I couldn't take video instead. Now all I have is the photo I took with her after the show and this audio recording to picture in my head of her performing in front of me.
Guppy (a239) 374732
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You did good, thanks heaps for that. So are you going to post that photo?
don't get me wrong I'm grateful for it and you deserve all our thanks
I just wished it could be better but frankly I doubt it's possible for anyone in the audience to get that good of a recording
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Maybe you dont know but for, us who cant go to NYC is everything and Im thankful for it.
gabriella hardwicke (537e) 374864
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will we see any video?
Anonymous (7ca8) 374865
It is possible. But doubt anyone on here could afford risking getting thrown out by making the video due to the expense of the ticket prices. It is a lot of money to lose.
There are a lot of "professionals" that record bootlegs of Off-Broadway plays that are sold, traded and end up on Youtube. Just got to Google to find some of them.
gabriella hardwicke (537e) 375063
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I hope the piece go to Youtube and torturous be on the other side of the world and not see it
WhosTomLe (045f) 375086
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Just record it, and upload it unlisted and link it here haha just kidding
Anonymous (803e) 375089
I didn't have my phone in pocket and I tried my best to keep still, but some of the noise is probably the rumblings of the subway or trains that shook the building when they went by. It was a little annoying, but not too distracting.
If someone knows how to mix it or enhanced the audio that would be awesome. Anyways glad people like it even without being able to see it though since there was just five tables there wasn't much to see other than Chloë.
>>375089>If someone knows how to mix it or enhanced the audio that would be awesome.
I geek on things like that, so if someone else with more knowledge in the subject doesn't do it, I might eventually have my hand working with the audio to reduce noise and clarify the voices. Do you have a higher quality bit-rate version you can share or is the 64kbps the best there is? Even if we end up with better copies later on, I still think this recording is archival worthy as it is the performance she dedicated to her Memom.
>there wasn't much to see other than Chloë.
That sounds like the perfect play.
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I would but I live all the way in Canada
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Dude, I live in all the way in Europe. Thats far far away. U are closer than half of us.
Guppy (a239) 375259
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That's what I was thinking. Isn't the closest border like 400km's away? Fuck, I would have to fly 17000km's to get there.
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YAY I only live 3846km away!!!
I thought most of the people on here were from the US lol
When to the Library Mike (8b07) 377258
Just saw it last night. It was really intense and sad & we all know no one does intense and sad like Chloë.
There was a talkback but she didn't come out the stage door though after: which was a little bummer. Might have something to do with her grandmother passing, flying to Atlanta for the funeral, taking the red eye back, probably getting no sleep, then doing an intensely powerful show a few hours later: what can I say she's awesome.
Mike (8b07) 377295
1. Chloë's performance was amazing. There were a lot of intense and emotional scenes. I think she cried like 3 different times.
Her performance was so raw and emotional and felt really really realistic.
IMHO it's the best acting she's ever done. It reminded me a little of her acting in 'Carrie': just a lot better.
2. As for the play: I enjoyed it. It's hard for me to give it a grade because this was my first non-musical play.
But the rest of the cast were very good also.
Again it's a very dramatic, intense and introspective type play: so you have to like that type of drama.
3. The set is very very simple. As some one else already mentioned the only thing on the stage were 5 tables with one or two chairs.
They did some really cool stuff with the lighting to convey emotion and setting.
-I'll talk a little now about the Q/A now:
1. It was like for 15 minutes after the show.
2. It was Chloë 3 other cast members and the writer.
3. The writer did most of the talking then Chole.
4. She was asked how theater compared to film. She said her brother was trained in film acting and he has been coaching her with a theater style with lots of prep/rehearsal work so it felt natural even though this was her first time on stage ever.
Also she said she felt since she was acting the whole story arc form start to finish it felt more like real acting instead o just saying lines…
5. There was this very funny moment where someone asks the writer a question and he starts complimenting the cast:
So Chloë yanks the mic from him mid-sentence and says "yeah….but that only b/c we had such a great writer…" I thought that was really cute.
6. Most of the other questions were very involved or about the plot: and I ain't doing any spoilers.
Short video of Steven Soderbergh talking about the playhttp://video.pbs.org/video/2365212951/
full video coming on april 4th
Public Theater: backround Photo Mike (8b07) 377560
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This is a great photo from the Public Theater's website. It's actually from a scene from the play.
Anonymous (7ca8) 377616
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Another picture of the play from The Public Theater's website.
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Anonymous (dc09) 378981
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Anyone has an explanation of why the dude on the left has to be so stiff? He looks really awkward. It reminded me of Bungie's E3 conference
Anonymous (b9b5) 380197
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Thanks listening to it now.
Anonymous (b9b5) 380780
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From this dudehttp://instagram.com/p/mjaj0zuRtc/
>Superb acting, great play, speaking of which…I def thought she was a manikin lying on the stage
Tanner (1ab7) 381270
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Please, anybody knows it?
Anonymous (3748) 381321
No. You can never be certain that Chloë will come out and greet her fans, taking pictures and/or signing stuff.
You can only hope she does, and as we have seen from the many fan pictures so far, it seems very likely that she will.
But never expect it to be certain.
Joel (fa63) 381889
The link is not working… http://audiour.com/dlyqdbaj
Please update it or provide a new link because I would really like to hear the play, if not see it! >>374520
Joel (fa63) 382251
Anybody have a opinion on which audio file is better?
There are two links given in the thread…http://www.sendspace.com/file/sp9silhttps://soundcloud.com/epial-s-spirit/20140326-193749
Tanner (a914) 382324
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I have a ticket for 24th April on the row E. From Iceland to New York!
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>>382324>From Iceland to New York!
Mike (8b07) 382643
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I saw The Library today and met Chloë! I don't know why I was so nervous about beforehand, she's really so incredibly relaxed and friendly. This is going to sound stupid: but she seems so normal: almost humble in real life.
Our meet was quiet brief (obviously) but I asked her a couple of questions and I told her a little about myself and she seemed genuinely interested and she was glad I enjoyed the play. I asked her to sign my playbill and then she asked if I wanted a picture…and I was like thinking like "F*ck yeah"…but urrggg…I somehow screwed up our picture! F*ck me!
O.K. So to help out anyone else going: She comes out to the right of the box office: there is this roped area you stand in till she comes. She comes out pretty quickly after the show: I'd say within 10 minutes. First Teri & Trevor then she comes out.
Also at least when I went: the security were very strict about paying customers only: you could only get on the line if you had your playbill and the head security guy even checked some people's tickets. Which I was pleased with: I mean people who took the time and money to appreciate the amazing job she did should not have to fight for a spot with people who simply want a picture with a famous person or some autograph that they want to sell on eBay.
So Cheers! to all ChloBros! and F*ck Off! to all you "graphers" or what-ever you call yourselves. Chloë is no piece of meat!
Tanner (a914) 382721
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Thank you for the info. There were many people waiting for her?
Mike (8b07) 382796
1. I asked her some random stupid stuff.
2. I took it really bad: blurry with only half her face in it.
Wow that is bad lol>you could only get on the line if you had your playbill and the head security guy even checked some people's tickets.
I'm glad they'er doing that. They didn't do that when I was there and I thought that was a bit of a security hazard
Anonymous (501d) 384514
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Very positive review of The Library from a critic.
>one of the most culturally relevant, provocative and unapologetically unsettling dramas of the season has quietly opened at the Public Theater.
>Moretz convincingly depicts Caitlin's strength and resolve in spite of doubt and despair.
>"The Library" is the kind of play that ought to have a talkback session at the end of every performance. After sitting through it, you are eager to continue the discussion and engage with others. And that's probably what its creators were going for.http://www.amny.com/entertainment/the-library-leaves-you-eager-to-continue-the-discussion-1.7715124
jbolt (3ea9) 384546
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Now that the play is open to Critics and the Public it would be awesome if someone could rerecord audio or at all video of the play so that we can all hear the improvement and/or changes made. I wish I could go back and see it again, but it is just too far to fly to see it for the 3rd time.
Anonymous (501d) 384579
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Newsday not thrilled with the play but did like at least one thing about it.
>But there is something wonderful in the center of the drama, and that is the radiant, delicately powerful talent of Chloë Grace Moretz. The rising teen movie star – like director and author, also in her New York stage debut – is altogether believable and complicated as Caitlin, a student badly injured in the shooting spree in the library. Instead of sympathy, however, she is accused of having told the shooter where schoolmates were hiding.http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/theater/the-library-review-chloe-grace-moretz-in-unreal-horror-story-1.7702590
The Daily News didn't care for it either, but liked Chloë.
>High school sophomore Caitlin (Moretz, believable and affecting in her New York stage debut)http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/library-theater-review-article-1.1756840
Anonymous (501d) 384583
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The NY Post gives it mixed reviews though more on the positive side.
>socially inept Caitlin, whom Moretz plays with aching vulnerability.http://nypost.com/2014/04/15/violence-doesnt-silence-steven-soderberghs-the-library/
Anonymous (501d) 384584
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The negative reviews are adding up. Fortunately, all good on the Chloë front so far.
>While Westfeldt and Tunie both dignify their scenes with more conviction than they merit, the main gravitas comes from Moretz. With intelligence and restraint, she conveys the anger, confusion and self-doubt, the secretiveness and raw vulnerability of adolescence throughout an ordeal in which Caitlin is largely alone. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/library-theater-review-696367
Anonymous (501d) 384598
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Lavish praise for Chloë:
>Steven Soderbergh brings stagecraft to a thin play, in a production anchored by Chloë Grace Moretz's superb lead performance.
>The prodigiously talented Moretz (the vengeful heroine of the made-over “Carrie”) commands the stage as Caitlin Gabrielhttp://variety.com/2014/legit/reviews/off-broadway-review-the-library-directed-by-steven-soderbergh-1201157830/
The Library Mark (6f5e) 385798
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Went to see this on Sunday 4/13/14. I thought Chloë was great.
thanks for that
Anonymous (9a79) 386063
The reviews are still very mixed but Chloë continues to get praise.
>‘The Library’ Making his debut on the New York stage, the film director Steven Soderbergh floods the opening minutes of Scott Z. Burns’s new play, about a high school massacre, with toxic dread. Unfortunately, what follows has such bluntness that the audience stays well ahead of the script. The young movie star Chloë Grace Moretz is terrific as an injured, guilt-plagued student http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/theater/theater-listings-for-april-18-24.html?_r=0
(2/3 down the page)
Nooooooo!!!!! Nick (8b07) 386410
Oh… No… Sh*t… F*ck me!
I have tickets for this week also… and I was soooooo looking forward to meeting her…
Can anyone else corroborate this? Has anyone seen her after the show, since Saturday/12th?
(I noticed actually the last Instagram post with a fan was that date)
Anonymous (8b07) 386607
I wonder what this "incident" was. Must of been pretty bad.
I hate these fucking weirdos…doing this shit.
1. Obviously for her: A sweet girls like Chloë shouldn't have to deal with this crap.
2. Also for us fans: I mean I think she would make herself much more accessible to her fans if it weren't for these pervs…. like I'm sure a lot of ppl seeing the play would like to meet her and stuff but they can't b/c of one person…
All assholes, pervs and weirdos….PLEASE LEAVE HER ALONE!!!
BigDaddy (8437) 386631
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This stuff really annoys me. Chloë loves her fans but if her fans are going to continue doing this stuff then she will stop doing these photos and autographs with us.
Hope its only a temporary thing, and the incident wasn't serious.
Anonymous (ed94) 386638
>>386632>We don't know if the incident involved Chloë at all
I think it does, because this guy took a picture with the other actor who's in the play with Chloëhttps://twitter.com/SalMarra927/status/455182372393467906
Later he said, that Chloë couldn't come out due to an incident earlier that day (this was 1 week ago).https://twitter.com/SalMarra927/status/455182881821032448https://twitter.com/SalMarra927/status/455756428113100800
Taylor H (8a7c) 386739
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I just got back from New york and I saw the Library on the 16th, It was incredible, the lighting was out of this world and Chloë was just magnificent. I waited in the lobby to meet her afterwards but she didnt come out, understandably tho coz Julian and most of her bros were there. Met a nice lad and his mum in the que they were gonna get her to sign a copy of the 5th wave. Even tho I didnt meet her, it was a terrific experience and the Q&A after was fun. Chloë is a very funny person. Heres a pic i took in my seat at the show. sneakily :D
Why didn't you get a seat in the front though?
Anonymous (803e) 386919
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Security is pretty high and the ushers stop you from even taking photos before the play starts. It is not too dark in the theater and there are multiple ushers so it would be easy to get caught if you did have a camera. That is why I didn't even try to sneak photos or bother recording video. I had to settle with recording the audio as you can keep your phone in your seat for that.
Freako95 (b16b) 387014
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Where can I find this recording?
I'd love to hear the story. To bad I live in europe and can't see the play myself :(
Niceguy1197 (8b07) 387161
I saw the Library last night. Very intense. Chloë was awesome.
(A great idea I had: If you're going alone and you're in a back/isle seat make sure to ask to be sent to the front. Sometimes they'll do it if they have an extra in front, they'll move you to give room for late-comers.)
They did a talk-back after the show. Chloë and the rest of the cast didn't come…Urggg… . It was Steven Soderberg, Scott Bruns and Val Schnurr: who was a victim at Columbine and who's story the play was based on. It was very interesting.
Unfortunately Chloë did not come out after to sign play-bills.
I saw The Library last night as well, so I figured I'd throw my two cents in here.
I knew Chloë would be lying on a table before the play started – what I didn't know is that my seat (in the front row) was literally less than five feet from said table. I was awestruck just sitting there looking at her from that close up. It didn't feel real.
The play was very intense as most of you know, and Chloë's performance was mind-blowing. Being up front, I could see every nuance in her facial expressions and she was absolutely convincing. Some of the other actors paled in comparison her father especially but Chloë sold the story so completely that it was almost frightening at points. It became increasingly difficult to bite my tongue and not yell out in her character's defense; the crying scenes in which she calls her friend on the phone were quite disturbing as well. Obviously, she killed it.
I thought the play in general was solid. As an English major, I especially enjoyed the references to "Winesburg, Ohio," a book which approaches similar themes in a profound manner, exploring the nature of truth and its impact on the paths our lives take.
TL;DR: Great play, great Chloë, a good time all around
The audience mostly consisted of older people, as other bros have mentioned. There was an older couple that sat to my left who obviously had no idea who Chloë was or what the play was about. The husband was leafing through his playbill when he joked, "Oh, it's about gun violence. We better get out of here." By the end, however, he clapped quite enthusiastically and seemed to be on the verge of tears. On my right was a mountain of a man with apparent respiration problems, as he breathed at approximately 200 decibels the entire time. That was annoying at first, but once the play started and Chloë began talking it was much easier to focus.
I was surprised at how much humor was in the writing. Most of the "funny" lines drew on a disturbing sense of dark irony, and all such lines were delivered by Chloë. The ease with which she spoke these difficult lines was very impressive and seemed so natural. The audience laughed when they were supposed to and gasped collectively at the right moments. The overall pacing of the play felt consistent and proper for the subject matter.
I stuck around for the post-show discussion just long enough to make sure Chloë wasn't coming out, and then I went back to the lobby. I waited for about 10 minutes in the vain hope that she would come out and greet people, but no such luck.
Once again, I have to say Chloë was breathtaking. There were several scenes where she stood/walked on the stage not even three feet in front of my face. Seeing her from that close up is something I will never forget. Her performance was a testament to her raw talent and ability, and seeing that in person was truly an honor.
Anonymous (7ca8) 387285
>Most of the "funny" lines drew on a disturbing sense of dark irony, and all such lines were delivered by Chloë.
That doesn't surprise me as that is the kind of role Chloë goes for.
Laggies is supposed to have a dark sense of humor as well.
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Tanner (e14b) 388471
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Damn, only her fictional father and mother came out after the play, so I don't have a photo with her. During the play I was in the fourth row so it was great to have Chloë just ten feet away and her perfomance was outstanding.
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cutest white blurry shape I've ever seen
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I know, im no judging. love the pic, brought back all the memories of seeing her up close.
Thanks for the picture!
Cornelius Tunt IV (077d) 390122
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Okay, so I finally, after all those trials and tribulations, was privileged enough to witness this spectacle. The very last show, in fact.
It was a packed house. Not a single vacant seat in the entire auditorium. Always nice to see.
First things first - Chloë was… I'm trying to think of a superlative adjective that can properly capture how brilliant her performance was, and for once I'm at a loss for words, so let's just stick with 'brilliant'. This is, bar none, the best acting I've seen her do. I thought her previous peak was Let Me In, but this performance blew that right out of the water. This was the first time in since Hick that Chloë had the opportunity to really build a character from the ground up and make it her own, and she owned it so thoroughly. I think even the people who were introduced to her through Carrie (where, I will concede, her performance sometimes felt a bit labored, like she was trying too hard to carry the weight of a character who had already been brought to life generations earlier), would have come out of this show with a whole new opinion of her. I never felt more of an emotional connection with one of Chloë's characters than I did with Caitlin Gabriel. This girl was in no way exceptional, but really just trying to keep from choking on the shit sandwich life had served up to her, and Chloë did an impeccable job of harnessing that energy of someone struggling against the undertow. The feeling of someone seeing the foundations of her life just collapse was amazingly lifelike. There were two scenes after which I was choking back tears. I felt for this girl the way I never felt for Luli McMullen or for Carrie White because she did basically everything that was in her capacity as a totally normal American teenager to do, and handled things exactly the way I think anyone in her situation would have, but still felt her life quickly be turned into something unrecognizable. There wasn't a single sour note in her performance, which was remarkable given how heavy the subject matter was. I can't imagine what it must've been like for her to go out and have to go through the wringer 8 times a week for a solid month.
The rest of the cast was solid. Much better than I found myself thinking after hearing the audio recording. The father (Michael O'Keefe) seemed most improved. He matched Chloë's intensity in the scenes they shared this time, as opposed to playing a bit too calm on the recording. If there was a weak link, it was Jennifer Westfeldt who came across as a tad cloying at times, though I think that had more to do with the way her lines were written than the way she delivered them. Lili Taylor was oddly sympathetic as the putative antagonist of the story. She never came across as villainous, which worked in the play's favor. Instead, she handled things the only way she knew how, just as Caitlin did, but in her grief over the death of her daughter, became vulnerable to forces that exploited the tragedy and allowed her greatest failing (her reliance on religious faith as her sole moral guide) become her defining characteristic.
Cornelius Tunt IV (077d) 390123
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As for the play itself, I remain convinced that those who reviewed it negatively either focused too much on the narrative depth (the plot was simple, yes, but simplicity can be a strength) and not nearly enough on the emotional depth. The point of Burns' narrative was to put the audience at eye level with characters trying to struggle with a tragedy that they had no real way of comprehending. We've all dealt with loss, but few have really seen their lives so thoroughly upended as these characters. There's little closure to be had at the end of the play, but that's by design. There's a distilled existentialist message at the heart of this story - one that some (and I think this is true of those who responded badly to it) would wrongly interpret as nihilistic. The heroine grasps in vain for meaning in a world that appears cold and indifferent to who she is as a human being. Every attempt at trying to reconcile what she knew and what was taught to her growing up has failed her because, at the end of the day, there's no real meaning to be found in a senseless act of violence. And when you're the victim of such an act, the only reasonable thing to do is to just keep pressing forward and hope for a light at the end of the tunnel. This is a message that's made explicit in the last scene. I'm not sure I agree with the decision to spell it out for the audience in such a way, but I can understand why Burns did it. In a play that sometimes teeters on the precipice of misery porn, it might be too much to ask of the audience to walk out of the theater thinking rationally about what the subtext might be.
The script seems to have been sharpened a bit since that audio was leaked. Dawn Sheridan is introduced right at the beginning of the play and you hear her tell of how she learned of her daughter's death, which makes her character significantly more sympathetic. The tone and intensity of a couple of scenes was also amplified, which offered Chloë an extra opportunity to showcase her range. The lighting was very well-used. Especially the harsh white fluorescence during the interrogation scene.
Play grade: A-
Chloë grade: A+++++++++ ad infinitum
I should also note that at the close, when the cast took their bows, Chloë had a huge and very sincere smile on her face. I don't know if this was the case after every performance or if she was just glad to be finished with the project. But it amazed me to see someone able to just shake off such a weighty play. I was still shivering a bit after curtains.
Anonymous (7ca8) 390129
>The script seems to have been sharpened a bit since that audio was leaked.
Those were previews. It was expected that they would do a script rewrite for the real shows on and after opening night.
Good thing actually that you missed the first time as just seeing a preview would have meant you wouldn't see the real play and Chloë at her best.
Thanks for your review bro, it's amazing
…feeling a little bad, cuz I will never see that play :(
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Great review Tunt
Cornelius Tunt IV (077d) 390285
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If the talent weren't there in spades, it wouldn't matter. Chloë's understanding of emotion and subtext is as good as I've ever seen in actress her age. Probably better, in fact. If she didn't have that understanding, there would only have been so much Trevor or any other coach could do for her.
It's no different than with athletes. A great coach can cover up a decent player's weaknesses and turn them into productive parts of a winning team. But it's impossible to turn a player with average talent into a superstar.
Anonymous (d97a) 390306
she has done one play and u all FAP like she is some Thespian master of the ages at 17. She has 5 films coming out between now and the Oscars. Lets see if she makes the cut to the next level.
As for the play Chloë did what she could to make it better in her 1st play, most of the reviews said the same things. Chloë good for 1st play, play sucked. But none of the reviewers gush with wet panties like you folk do. BREATH!!!!!!!
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This guy has a point. Don't get blinded.
Cornelius Tunt IV (077d) 390309
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What point is that?
>most of the reviews said the same things.
>Chloë good for 1st play>for 1st play
None of the reviews said that and I read at least a dozen.
MOST of the reviews said the opposite.
What a bonehead set of statements based on statistics clearly pulled from your ass as if we wouldn't call you out on it.
If an overall grade of B- based on 14 reviews correlates to "play sucked" to you then I don't know what planet you are from. http://stagegrade.com/productions/1405#