- A date with Frankenstein, pt.2
- March 19th, 2011
Being a big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch and knowing that the play is very Creature- centric I was certain that I would be satisfied with seeing only the Benedict as Creature version. Now after having seen it all I can say is I most certainly am NOT. I really feel I MUST see the other version. It struck me as strange the number of people I have read about that have seen it multiple times. Not just twice, which is understandable, but as many times as they can. Now it makes more sense to me. Everything about the production is so rich and intricate, the staging, the writing and especially the main performances. How can you really see it in only one viewing? Never mind the fact that it is actually two plays. David doesn't know it yet but he is destined to see the Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature version also and I actually don't think he will mind.There are a lot of themes addressed in the story. To my mind nature vs. nurture, what constitutes life, the meaning of humanity, scientific responsibility and, I am sure, many others as well but at the very end there was a scene that really got me. The Creature says mournfully that he is different. He tries to find words that make it clearer but he comes back to the same thing. He is different and there is no acceptance for him. All I could think of is all the parts of society that are still marginalized and have difficulty finding acceptance. Gays, the differently- abled, the obese, the mentally ill. etc. The people that other people turn away from. They may not be the only one of their kind but you don't have to be the Creature to feel isolated. I really had a moment of heart break that was totally outside of the story. It was a friggin' brilliant piece of dramatic art and there was applause in the auditorium at the end, including my skeptical husband. I'm so grateful that The National Theatre has pioneered this cinema screening format. I know I won't hesitate to spend the extra money to see a play broadcast again. With luck perhaps other theatres will get on the bandwagon. The Metropolitan Opera already does it but we only have one person interested in opera in the house, plays are the better bet. Oh, how I would love to see War Horse.