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"See, I'm Smiling": THE LAST FIVE YEARS from stage to screen

Jeremy Jordan & Anna Kendrick, The Last Five Years When I wrote my review of Into the Woods , I thought a lot about adapting stage shows to film – and whether or not the musical genre, in particular, is next-to-impossible to translate to the big screen. If something is written with the stage in mind, sometimes it can be hard to open it up on film – and sometimes opening it up breaks the fragile reality created on stage. Stage plays can suffer the move from stage to screen because plays are often static – a couple of scene changes or a small number of fixed sets. August: Osage County presented a large ensemble family drama on one set, but the film insisted on opening things up – and an odd tonal shift. God of Carnage benefited from the claustrophobia of one set; a film in one location is anathema to the form, but then the tension of the story can be lost. Musicals, by their very nature, are theatrical. Singing the story isn’t natural, but it’s no more odd on stage t

See, Watch, Hear: January 2015

This year, I’m going to do a monthly round-up post called “See, Watch, Hear” covering the highlights in what I’ve seen on stage, watched on film or TV and listened to podcast-wise. SEE I’ve only seen two things on stage so far this year: I, Malvolio which I found disappointing, because I never engaged with it at all. Charming performance, but lacklustre show.  Whereas Jumpers for Goalposts was a strong play, with a likeable cast in a sharp production at Red Stitch. I heard great things about the show last year and I’m glad I got to see the return season during Midsumma. Red Stitch’s 2015 season looks really strong, too – so I’m going to try to get along to more of their shows this year. They really do produce some of the most exciting text-focused works in Melbourne. Jumpers for Goalposts at Red Stitch WATCH Television Parks & Recreation has returned for its seventh and final season and I’m looking forward to seeing how it wraps up. I think