Scenes from a Marriage

Londonpressen var imponerad av bearbetning, regi och inte minst skådespelarinsatser.

Mark Bazeley och Olivia Williams som Johan och Marianne.
Scenes from a Marriage

Londonpressen var imponerad av bearbetning, regi och inte minst skådespelarinsatser.

St James Theatre
London
"Warning: this is not a date play."
Robert Shore, Metro.

Om uppsättningen

Sir Trevor Nunn hade satt upp pjäsen i Joanna-Murray Smiths bearbetning 2009 i Coventry, då med en annan ensemble. Londonpremiären blev uppskjuten en vecka på grund av sjukdom, men var uppenbarligen värd att vänta på.

Enligt The Telegraph upprättade Nunns eleganta regi "en utsökt emotionell balans mellan det kliniska och det mänskliga", och avslutar: "Olivia Williams and Mark Bazeley are perfectly matched as Marianne and Johan, playing out the couple’s ambiguous disintegration with luminous conviction."

According to The Telegraph, "Nunn’s starkly elegant production maintains an exquisite emotional balance between the clinical and the human, punctuating scenes of alienation and distress with moments of sunny ordinariness – home video clips of children’s birthdays, trips to the park, family holidays." And concludes that "Olivia Williams and Mark Bazeley are perfectly matched as Marianne and Johan, playing out the couple’s ambiguous disintegration with luminous conviction."

The Independent framhöll särskilt hur Bazeley fångade de känslomässiga undanglidningarna och narcissismen hos detta attraktiva svin". Regin ansågs skarpt fokuserad och dramat självt förde tankarna till Noël Cowards "Jag älskar dig, markatta" såsom omskriven av Strindberg. "Med varning för att den kanske inte utgör det idealiska valet för dejtande par eller som begivenhet för bröllopsdagsfirare, så kan Nunns uppsättning varmt rekommenderas."

The Independent singles out Bazely's "excellent" performance, and how he "nails the emotional evasiveness and narcissism of this attractive s**t whose cruelty and weakness are exposed in the devastating episode where he announces, out of the blue, that he's leaving for Paris with a 23 year old.  He sobs all over the dazed and reeling Marianne before asking her to cancel the dentist and pick up his suit from the drycleaners." And continues:

"Stealthily paced and sharply focused against the elegant, white-panelled set, the scenes are interspersed with photographs and home movie footage of the couple playing with their two young children – poignant reminders of the precious family life that is being sacrificed here. The physical abandon and brutality unleashed by the forces of attraction and repulsion after the split occasionally suggests a Private Lives [by Noël Coward] re-written by Strindberg, as does the final twist. I'm not sure that I believed in the latter. With the caveat that it may not provide the ideal fare for dating couples or for wedding anniversary treats, Nunn's production is to be strongly recommended."

Time Out menade att dramat efter fyrtio år – "inte minst tack vare de två kraftfulla, övertygande skådespelarprestationerna i hjärtat av Trevor Nunns tätt koreograferade uppsättning – fortfarande ställer utmanande frågor om lycka, monomgami och individens svåra jakt på känslomässig uppfyllelse." Bägge skådespelarna ansågs utmärkta, och kemin mellan dem perfekt. Detta, konstaterade man, är en fascinerande upplevelse: "kärlekspar, gå och se den om ni törs."

Time Out claimed that although the play is forty years old, and "not least thanks to two powerful, compelling performances at the heart of Trevor Nunn’s tightly choreographed production – it still asks provocative questions about happiness, monogamy, and each individual’s jagged quest for emotional fulfilment.

Throughout it is nuanced and subtle – a disturbing pas de deux of divorce – where both parties try to dance round each other as responsibly as possible and yet still end up on the emotional dungheap.

As Marianne, a divorce lawyer, Olivia Williams is extraordinary – allowing her emotions to play themselves out to the full through her words and body language, every twitch and smile a subtext to what’s just been said. And while Mark Bazeley’s Johan has the hard task of going from cheerfully repellent arrogance to reprehensible self-pity, he never fails to make the audience utterly immersed in his predicament – the chemistry between him and Williams is pitch perfect.

Despite the abundance of family videos shown, the children rarely feel like anything more than a token issue. Yet this is a fascinating, compelling evening – couples go and see it if you dare."

Evening Standard, slutligen, upprepade vad i stort sett alla andra var överens om: att kemin mellan huvudrollsinnehavarna var stark och att pjäsen vore ett högriskprojekt för en dejt. Men till skillnad från de övriga var recensenten inte lika övertygad av Bergmans drama. Liksom The Independent jämförde man med "Jag älskar dig, markatta", men menade att pjäsen saknade Noël Cowards sting (och för den delen Ibsens djup). Betyget blev ändå, liksom nästan alla andras, fyra av fem.

Evening Standard, finally, repeated what everyone else seemed to agree upon: that the chemistry between the stars was strong an that the play "would be a high-risk choice for a date". Contrary to the others, though, the review was less convinced about Bergman's drama in itself. As Like The Independent, the critic compared it to "Private Lives", but lacking the zest of Noël Coward (or, for that matter, the depth of Ibsen). Nevertheless, the mark, as that of almost all other reviews was a strong four out of five.

 

Källor

  • Jane Shilling, "Scenes from a Marriage", The Telegraph, 25 september 2013.
  • Paul Taylor, "Scenes from a Marriage - 'A merciless dissection on the state of matrimony'", The Independent, 25 september, 2013
  • Rachel Halliburton, "Scenes from a Marriage", Time Out London, 25 september 2013.
  • Henry Hitchings, " Scenes from a Marriage", Evening Standard, 25 september 2013.
  • Robert Shore, "Scenes From A Marriage is a smart adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s harrowing drama", Metro, 25 september 2013.

Bilder / videor

Medarbetare

  • Ingmar Bergman, Text
  • Joanna Murray-Smith, Bearbetning
  • Trevor Nunn, Regi
  • Olivia Williams, Marianne
  • Mark Bazeley, Johan
  • Shane Attwool, Peter/Arne
  • Aislinn Sands, Katrina/Eva
  • Melanie Jessop, Mrs. Palm/Mrs. Jacobi

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