Well, the play Gloria has been on stage since June 15th….just over a week. Press Night was June 21st, and I thought I’d recap some of the comments I have found on a variety of sites, both formal and informal. (I will also update this post as I find more during the play’s run.)
As I’m extremely biased, I’m only going to focus on the comments that focus on Colin, although the whole cast received accolades and I really don’t believe there was a negative review amongst the entire lot, that I saw. It is an ensemble play, with a cast of many talented actors, all of whom deserve mention.
However….back to Colin.
Below is a sampling of what I found. Feel free to click on each article and read it in full. They’re all quite positive and deserve a look. 🙂 None of these reviews contain spoilers, unless noted otherwise.
Broadway World: Colin Morgan is excellent as faded charmer Dean, whose networking has slumped into low-level alcoholism (“schmoozer to boozer”) as his 30th birthday looms.
The Arts Desk: Chief among (the youthful assistants) is the amply-coiffed Dean (Colin Morgan, nailing the American-on-the-make mode)…., //// Morgan navigates his dual assignments with not just an ace American accent but an acute sense of a society in which status at every second counts
The Telegraph: …which also numbers the endearingly fretful Dean (Colin Morgan)…
The UpComing: As for Colin Morgan, well, he really should be on stage a lot, lot more. His rakish, harried Dean is a covert asshole…. //// (Morgan also makes a brief, hilarious, appearance as the quintessential IT guy, complete with shorts, trainers and an absolutely ludicrous ponytail.)
The Stage: ...his six-strong, multi-roling cast – all exceptional, particularly Colin Morgan as a nerve-addled wannabe writer and terse IT grunt…
The Guardian (June 22): Colin Morgan is all haggard desperation as the ambitious Dean…
The Guardian (June 25): Colin Morgan is excellent as Dean – disaffected, hungover, the sort of person who appears to take up more space in a room than his colleagues.
TimeOut: …Dean – played with weariness but also warmth and wit by Colin Morgan…
Evening Standard: Colin Morgan stands out in a cast that is uniformly absorbing. //// The pick of (the performances) comes from Morgan, the most nimble among a cast full of shape-shifters.
Theatre Cat: And of the performances, Bo Poraj’s and and Morgan’s in particular stand out as fully-inhabited and memorably troubling.
There Ought To Be Clowns: Performance levels are excellent though – Colin Morgan and Kae Alexander stand out…
Vickster51Corner: There are 2 reviews from this blogger – this is the non-spoiler one. As I’ve now read the play, I have also read the spoiler review, which is here. Regardless of which one you read, the comment is the same: Colin Morgan is perhaps the most well known (last seen on stage in Mojo) and, as usual, he is very very good…
Independent: This is a general review with no specific comment about Colin – just mentions the cast and their roles. However, it’s a good article.
Sunday Express (not a dedicated article – scroll down): Michael Longhurst’s production gains in confidence in the second act as does the acting of Colin Morgan, Sian Clifford, Kae Alexander, Ellie Kendrick, Bayo Gbadamosi and Bo Poraj, all of whom deserve plaudits for their inspired doubling.
Trendfem: Colin Morgan (TV: The Fall, Humans) is undoubtedly a versatile performer as both Dean – a whiny and obnoxious copy assistant – and aloof IT guy.
Financial Times: There’s Dean — handsome, hungover, dishevelled — who is beginning to morph, in Colin Morgan’s excellent performance, from young-and-promising to slightly seedy.
Not Exactly Billington (theatre blog): Colin Morgan is brilliant as Dean, switching from the guy who turns up late….
LiveTheatreUK: No doubt a major contribution…/…is Colin Morgan’s superb performance as Dean. //// Morgan gives an excellent account of disaffected, intelligent and educated youth…. / His manner, bearing and accent are all spot on, authentic and sustained.
Jeff Prestridge (prestridgesquared) (Arts Blog): Colin Morgan is superb as an ever more desperate Dean and marvels in a cameo role as an angry IT worker at the TV company.
London Theatre: …his superb ensemble cast that includes the remarkable Colin Morgan as a long-term personal assistant…
(Damn, the more I read, the more I am so disappointed I’m unable to see his performance. I’m heartbroken, actually. 😦 I think this might be better than anything I’ve seen him do. Is this even better than his outstanding S1E7 Leo, or Episode 6 Nathan…?)
I’ll finish with a few photos of “Dean”, taken by photographer Marc Brenner on June 15th during dress rehearsal. These are just three of a number taken that day, most of which can be seen on the Hampstead Theatre site.
I am extremely envious of anyone who is able to see this play. It’s getting excellent reviews, and has had its run extended. Tickets are going fast, so if you have even remotely considered seeing it…do!
And please…take me with you in your pocket. 🙂