Review: Terms Of Endearment
By Amita Sharma
Linda Gray is feisty widow Aurora Greenway in this new play, at Windsor Theatre Royal, based on the novel and smash hit five-times Oscar winning film. Does it work on stage?
Until 27.10.07 | Windsor Theatre Royal | Thames Street| Windsor | 8pm | Ticket prices vary |Box office: 01753 853888
Terms of Endearment, touring the UK, graces the stage of Windsor Theatre Royal until Saturday 27 October.
Linda Gray, loved for her role as Sue Ellen in the long running American hit series Dallas and recently in the West End's The Graduate, is cast in the lead role of Aurora Greenway.
Now if you've seen the film starring Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson you may be slightly sceptical of a stage version of Terms of Endearment. Dare I say it, though I found the film moving and enjoyable, I did find the film a tad too slow for my liking.
Dan Gordon's version for the stage however hits the right note for me. Terms of Endearment works incredibly well on stage.
It concentrates on that special relationship between mother and daughter as well as delicately handling the awkwardness of developing relationships later in life through the use of humour and wit.
The clever use of telephone conversations fluidly moves the story on by years and the strong cast of five gives the play a healthy balance of movement, wit, energy, warmth and humour as well as a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
Coronation Streets' Suranne Jones' portrayal of Emma, Aurora's only child, is strong and recognisable. Jones is at home on stage as she is on screen.
John Bowe, of Prime Suspect and Imogen's Face fame, keeps the audience gripped. Bowe's high energy performance adds to the high humour and pace of the play. His comic timing works incredibly well with Gray's (hidden) talent as a comic actress as well as showcasing both of their abilities to create deep and meaningful characters who the audience can relate to at many levels.
Gray's experience, stage presence and self confidence creates an Aurora with many layers and hidden depths. Her portrayal of Aurora, whom the audience fall in love with from the start, leaves the audience with a new level of endearment for her through to the end.
She has an amazing quality that lights up the stage and warms to the audience immediately.
I do hope she stays on this side of the Atlantic for many more runs here at Windsor Theatre Royal, hopefully also other venues around Berkshire and the West End.
Endearment = tender affection. Terms of Endearment = a must see!
last updated: 24/10/07
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