On Good Friday, in Ireland, it is illegal to buy beer anywhere. Which is annoying. All it means is that everyone buys a shite load of beer on Maundy Thursday and gets a little bit more pissed. As an atheist it is annoying that I am dictated to by a religion that decides what I can and cannot do. I may have been driving and shouldn’t drink (I agree and except that) but to be told that I shouldn’t drink because of Christ and that it is enshrined in law, I am against.
This enforced Prohibition in mind, the t’other half and I decided to have a day of culture. We were meant to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition in the National Museum of Modern Art. But, it being a religious day and all, was closed as were the gardens. Plus, for the only time this month (or so it seems) it rained. So we walked around town for a while and then went to see Scream 4, or Scr4m, as the titles would have it. For a Scream film it is good, for a self- referencing horror film packed with snappy writing and meta-references it was good. The ending was original enough, as in it was pretty much the same but with a twist. I enjoyed it and if you like Scream 1,2 and 3 then watch it. If you didn’t then there is little chance you would see it anyway.
This then neatly led onto the play.
It was dinner theatre and as a result I must mention how crap the food was. I know they want to get everyone fed and watered quickly so the show can start on time but it was limited and bland. Added on to the fact that I couldn’t even order a wine, was disappointing.
The show, performed by three people acting around the dinner tables, was well acted and engrossing.
The lead looked a little like a cross between Frodo Baggins and, according to the missus at least, Frank Spencer. He managed to effectively portray the Faustian nature of Gray. His youth and decadence was well done and when he stood in for the picture itself he did look genuinely disturbing. He was well supported by the other two in the company who acted out all the other roles. Though the role of the Wife was a little unnecessary but it gave one of them an excuse to wear a big hat.
I would recommend the show strongly and the minimalistic settings and cast do not really hinder the enjoyment of the show. Shame the food was terrible.