Mary Stuart

May 18, 2013

Lucy Peacock and Seana McKenna were absolutely fantastic together as Mary and Elizabeth. Seana, especially, in turns strong and terrifying and isolated and paranoid.

And a great supporting cast. Ben Carlson and Geraint Wyn-Davies as Mary’s prosecutor and her lover; but not all bad and good. We’d take Burleigh’s straightforward nature over Leicester’s two-faced power grab any time. At least neither loses his head.

Brian Dennehy as Shrewsbury says he lacks the necessary “flexibility” to be a part of Elizabeth’s court. But while the threat from Mary herself may not warrant Elizabeth’s actions, the play leaves it an open question: lonely is the head that wears the crown, especially in such a time of turmoil. The acting brought moments of great subtlety to the question. I’m interested to read if the written play is more subtle than, at times, it seemed.

Just a quick post about Mason Currey’s blog-turned-book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, since it’s a quick read and a lot of fun.

I’ve been hearing and thinking a lot about my own introversion, recently, thanks to books like Susan Cain’s. I’m not shy, I love meeting and talking to people, etc. etc. so it took a while to realize that my introversion manifests itself in my need of time to myself. That I get my energy from time alone, while extroverts gain energy from time in company.

So I was seeing these patterns in the authors, artists, composers, etc. that Currey profiles in his book. Certainly there are some extroverts among them who would disagree with Twyla Tharp’s assertion that her daily schedule is “actively anti-social…On the other hand, it is pro-creative.”