Hitchcock Blonde
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Hitchcock Blonde
Hitchcock Blonde
Written byTerry Johnson
Place premieredRoyal Court Theatre
Original languageEnglish

Hitchcock Blonde is a play by British playwright Terry Johnson which debuted in April 2003 in London and later moved to London's West End. It was also staged in the United States.

Plot

The play takes place in three time periods: 1919, when a short film featuring a blonde woman was shot which later fascinated Alfred Hitchcock; 1960, during the filming of Hitchcock's classic Psycho; and 1999, when a media studies professor and one of his students, another blonde woman, discover the 1919 film and re-examine Hitchcock's work through its lens.

Productions

The play premiered in April 2003 at the Royal Court Theatre, London, and later moved to the Lyric Theatre in London's West End. Its American premiere was at the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California in February-March 2006. It was also staged at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas from 23 February to 18 March 2007.[1] A revival of the play for its tenth anniversary ran at the Hull Truck Theatre in Kingston upon Hull, UK from 1-16 February 2013.[2]

Reception

Hitchcock Blonde received mixed reviews. Paul Taylor of The Independent noted that only in "a few sequences [did] the show exert the requisite fascination" and parts of the play "strain[ed] credulity".[3] Sean Mitchell of the Los Angeles Times acknowledged "some fine writing" in the play and summed it up as "[a] brainy bit of titillation, salted with some deep thoughts on Hollywood's dark powers and the unseemly genius of the famously morbid British director [Hitchcock]".[4] Jasper Rees of The Telegraph called the play "hugely absorbing".[5] Steven Oxman of Variety said it "possesses a sharp visual impact but a dull emotional and intellectual one."[6]

References

  1. ^ Pincus-Roth, Zachary (26 January 2007). "Alley's Hitchcock Blonde Cast Announced". Playbill. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Hitchcock Blonde". www.hulltruck.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Taylor, Paul (10 April 2003). "Hitchcock Blonde, Royal Court Theatre, London: A distinctly underwhelming obsession". The Independent. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Sean (14 February 2006). "Hitch just a subplot in overstuffed 'Blonde'". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Rees, Jasper (24 June 2003). "You have to begin undressing". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Oxman, Steven (17 February 2006). "Review: 'Hitchcock Blonde'". Variety. Retrieved 2017.

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