More Liaisons Reviews and Images

Note: This is an archived entry that’s over two years old. While I have ensured that all photos are restored, some links may no longer work. If you encounter any dead links, let me know and I’ll try to find a copy of the material.

The responses to STC’s new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, starring Hugo Weaving, Pamela Rabe and Justine Clarke, continue to appear; I’ll add links and excerpts here as they do, along with the latest photos.

Hugo Weaving and Justine Clark (All photos: Brett Boardman) loved the production and lavishly praised all of its actors, as well as Sam Strong’s direction and reimagining of Christopher Hampton’s text:

“Sam Strong’s direction coupled with astonishing performances realizes every intricacy, nuance, intrigue and emotion in Hampton’s brilliant script…Weaving’s performance is like examining layers of tissue paper, torn a little here and there so we see the libertine surprised by his own chiaroscuro, falling in love so late in his career. Rabe, as the tortured marquise is poised, ice cold and indescribably cruel. The air between them crackles with intensity and hidden import….Pitch perfect is the term which comes to mind for the whole cast…It is seldom that one is privileged to watch such a strong but delicate latticework of theatre unfold faultlessly. The danger lies in missing it.”

Hugo Weaving and Pamela Rabe

The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Jason Blake also praised the adaptation; as it turns out, this review text was first posted online in Eight Nights A Week, which I excerpted here yesterday.

The Sunday Telegraph has printed a new review that somewhat makes up for the clueless one in The Daily Telegreph two days ago: “The simplicity of the staging throws the focus on the writing, which is beautiful, witty and incisive…Rabe is sensational as the Marquise – nailing her showy glamour, sharp, dry humour and duplicitous nature…As jealousy hardens her steely resolve, her body language changes, her features freeze and eyes glint dangerously. It’s a brilliant performance. She is well matched by Weaving as Valmont, whose emotional journey from calculating rake to surprised lover is subtly but beautifully wrought.”

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