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2015-04-26 matinee, Landor Theatre, London
“In The Dead Of Night” has been a real surprise!
It was suggested to me via Twitter, so I was curious to see it. I was impressed that it could take place inside such an intimate theatre! It’s Theatre in its essence! Brilliant!
Claudio Macor wrote a beautiful play and he dedicated it to the memory of his mother.
With this play he wanted to make justice to all those movies which were filmed under the control of the Hay’s Code. But he also wondered if some classic Films Noir would have been written in same way without censorship.
Anyway, the play puts together everything you would have liked to see in American movies at the time of Hay but you were afraid to ask!
Passion. Love between a man and an older woman. Same sex love. Refer to gay marriage. Mouth-to-mouth kisses. Half-naked people. A brothel. Female and male prostitutes. Male-to-male dance. Rape. Drug. Alcohol. Loneliness. Idleness. Blackmail. Weapons. Crime without punishment. An ideal kick on the ass of Hay and his Code!
So Macor proudly wrote on the programme: “We are pleased to say that our play breaks almost all the 36 rules!”
Every character had a troubled past: some are unable to get a life, some others desperately look for somebody who could love them.
Leandro comes to the Tangueros to look for his lover Massimo he abandoned some years before. The Tangueros is a dark, infamous bar where they sell only Tequila, but the characters consider it their home and the owner, Elvira, is a sort of mother to them.
The bar is also a brothel where men go to pay for some hours together with prostitutes of both sexes. One of them, Rita, is trying to get a better life, leaving with a man who wants to marry her.
There are some wonderful scenes between the lovers, like when the two young men Leandro and Massimo play the Tango hugging each other tightly.
And the scenes of the murders are strong and much dramatic. It broke my heart hearing Massimo telling his last love words to Leandro.
The play shows it all, with the help of a dark location. The kisses are real and last for long.
…and all the dancers, both male and female, were a pleasure for the eyes! Not only good looking, but also talented. They made a terrific performance, nobody excluded, having the total control of their movements in such a small stage, thanks to the choreography by Anthony Whiteman.
It has been lovely to meet the producer and some elements of the cast after the show! It was also a honor to shake Judith Paris‘s hand! She’s stunning in the role of Elvira!
Some notes about the staging.
The stalls are for a small audience. The stage is surrounded by black curtains. There are two doors from where the actors come and go. There are few pieces of furniture, red chairs, the bar sign above the counter where there are some bottles and glasses, a wooden ladder, a radio on a table.
Paul Boyd is the composer for the beautiful soundtrack.
My favorite, sarcastic line was “Your mother gave birth to you or vomited you?”. That’s the tone of the play, haha!
Wed 22 April – Sat 16 May 2015
Cast and Creatives official sites and Twitter accounts:
Judith Paris as Elvira
Matt Mella as Leandro @MattMella
Susan Allman as Rita @suz_allman
Ross Harper Millar as Martinez @rossharpermillr
Ned Wolfgang Kelly as Falchi @nedwkelly
Daniel James Greenway as Juan @djamesgreenway
Vanessa Sheffield as Juanita
Danny Harris as Alvaro
Joshua Clare as Pedro @Joshua__Clare
Producer Andrea Leoncini @AleoncinAndrea
Associate Producer/Marketing David Orhard
Lighting Design Richard Lambert
Graphic Design Rob Cook
In the Dead of Night brings the classic dark, steamy atmosphere of film noir to the stage in this tale of eroticism, murder, and power. In a shady South American town at the end of World War II, a gloomy underworld of crime and corruption pulses to a Latin rhythm. Set in a dockside bar, a black and white world of life and death bursts into colour with its coterie of characters – both gay and straight – under the watch of femme fatale, Elvira.
Unencumbered by the strict censorship of the original 1940s film noir genre, and with the addition of sensual dance sequences, In the Dead of Night expresses desires and deeds never allowed on screen at that time.
LINKS & SOURCES
Choreographer Anthony Whiteman official website: anthonywhiteman.co.uk
Production pictures (courtesy of Andrea Leoncini)
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