My apologies to everyone who just got the Hans Christian Anderson song stuck in their head.
I recently Netflixed the PBS/BBC film adaptation of this but must admit I did so with trepidation. As my favorite play, if I felt like they were hurting the source material it could've been a very frustrating viewing. Thankfully, that was not the case.
It was wonderful.
They made some very sensible cuts that, while I miss them, were quite reasonable. Daniel Craig (aka The new James Bond) was an excellent Heisenberg and the concepts they used to translate a setting that is often an empty stage into something visual and concrete worked perfectly. I was stunned by how well it worked, actually.
My only complaint is that Stephan Rae couldn't seem to wrap his characterization around Neils Bohr famous warmth of character. Here he felt quite shuttered and saturnine, while in the London production David Burke really infused Bohr with gentle, almost spiritual, kindness. It's an awefully large and oft mentioned piece of the Bohr character to go missing.
But that's my only complaint. It is a brilliant interpretation, and very faithfull. So if you've never seen the play and want to, this is a good place to start!
I saw an incredible production of this at Westport Community Theatre, believe it or not. What I thought was most incredible about the writing of the play was that even if you have ZERO understanding of the science you can still fully understand what's going on through the characters and their interactions with each other.
I saw the original production in London and fell asleep in the second act. I recognized that it was a good play, and I am a freakish fan of Werner Heisenberg but the production lacked the energy and tension necessary. I am sure, in meda res, that the Broadway production was better.
Did anyone see The Pillowman in New York? The London production was one of the best plays I've ever seen.