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The Iceman Cometh (Reading)
Presented by The Actor's Fund of Canada for "Oneillfest"

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Reviewed: 2006-02-13 17:09:37
Rated: 7 out of 10 [3.5 Stars]
By: Lorraine James (e-mail private -- log in to view)

I was curious about which playwright would be featured next year, but it was to be announced at the end of the loooooooooong reading. Once it did start, it took me awhile to get into it and know what was going on, but what I came away with was the amount of racial slurs and insults the characters slung at each other. Omar Khan played a black character, so he got the N-word many times and one of the actors who said it the most seemed to relish the word coming from his lips. It's always interesting to observe how people say horrible words like those, whether they say it with passion or half-assed. Anyway, trying to understand the writer's voice, what Eugene O'Neill was like was interesting. Anyway, after 2 hours, there was a way too long intermission of an hour. I had to phone a friend of mine whom I promised I'd visit. The play started again and I got more into it, being assaulted with more racial slurs; the only 3 women in the huge cast were whores, and the misogyny they endured made me wonder who'd put up with that these days. Overall, the actors added some color to what could've been a dry reading and brought to life the boozey characters hanging out in a bar, which coincidently was the reading of the play: The King's Head Pub. After an hour and a half, the host of the evening, also the narrator, announced that he'll be seeing us next year at.....Stoppardfest!

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