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Last night I went to see In a Forest, Dark and Deep at the Vaudeville Theatre which stars Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams (and only them as it's a two-hander). The play centres around two siblings, Bobby and Betty, and their rather complicated relationship. It's supposed to be provocative and disturbing and while at points I did think: "They did not just go there...", let's be honest the storyline was also highly predictable and the 'shocking' twist near the end could be seen from miles away. Highlight by far to me was the dialogue given to the character of Bobby. It got a fair few laughs from the audience throughout, both when intentionally funny as well as after the more cringeworthy moments 'shocking' the audience into a sudden burst of laughter.

Unfortunately there were no jears to be seen at any point during or after the performance, I was a tad disappointed by that I have to say. However I thought Matthew was absolutely fabulous as Bobby in every other aspect (and he plays a mean air guitar!). Admittedly no matter how much I love Lost and Party of Five I did not have very high hopes for his live acting skills, but I was pleasantly surprised when proven wrong. Olivia Williams on the other hand I have to say was underwhelming. She was by no means terrible but I did not find her to have a very strong stage presence either. And her American accent was nowhere near as believable as in Dollhouse making me question for a while if I was watching the understudy instead.

The performance we went to was part of a What's On Stage outing and because of that was followed by a Q/A with Matthew, Olivia and writer/director Neil LaBute. It lasted for about half an hour and we got warned beforehand that the only questions allowed had to focus on the play and not anything else the actors have been involved in "such as TV-shows they may be known from". In other words: don't mention jears, the numbers, Dharma or randomly shout omgwtfpolarbear. For the most part of the Q/A it was Neil who was speaking though both Olivia and Matthew talked briefly about their opinion on Neil, the play and their characters as well. I recorded a few answers but I think the sound quality is fairly poor and I can't check properly right now because my headphone jack seems to be buggered (ie. when watching movies I can't hear the dialogue though the sound effects and background music sound flawless and when listening to music the sound wavers. Anyone familiar with this problem? I think it's the headphone jack but ugh I don't want to send my laptop away - who knows how long it takes to be returned?). I do have pictures, which you can find below. The programme looks fabulous and has a few fantastic photos in it so I included those as well (and completely unrelated but it mentions both Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant - can't escape those two!).

Afterwards some people moved towards the stage to see if they could get pictures and their programme signed (think Jeffster after the Comic Con panel) so we followed suit and I believe all tree of use managed to get our programme signed by both actors. They were both personalising which was fantastic (& Olivia said she liked my name, pronouncing it with a long z and very rolling r and Matthew had to ask me to spell it about 25 times before he got it right).

Official production photos

Date: 2011-03-10 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awww at his answers to 'best gift' and 'biggest influence'. ♥

So glad the evening was good times! I take it the play's okay but not great?

no jears to be seen at any point during or after the performance

lmao! Dude, he can be such a cold-hearted dick irl. I remember this joint interview with Evangeline Lilly for EW, about the end of Lost approaching, and Evie was like "it'll be really sad to leave every one, I'll probably cry" and Foxy was all, "LOL YOU'LL CRY??" rofl.

cringeworthy moments 'shocking' the audience into a sudden burst of laughter


Thanks for the review and pics! I take it Matt does not ship John/Sherlock? 0:)

Date: 2011-03-10 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Included the interview for you, thought you'd might enjoy it :D

The play was very much meh. The story really wasn't that interesting other than trying to shock (and failing) but Matt was awesome and hey he played air guitar, did some jumping and dancing so it was all good :D

I'll let him know that his fans find him him a cold-hearted dick :P

You're welcome <3 Well! That is for me to know and you to guess...

(I have no Matt icons I can use, I am ashamed of myself yes)

Date: 2011-03-10 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your pictures turned out lovely! ♥

Date: 2011-03-10 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks hun! They are taken at a bit akward angles but eh they were only signing for a few minutes, I took what I could XD (I have a few more that I didn't post, one of which is mainly focussed on Matthew's crotch - by accident I have to say though!)

Date: 2011-03-11 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like the grey on Matthew. Suits him well.

Date: 2011-03-11 09:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah it's not as bad as I thought it'd be. I think the beard is a bit akward though - I don't know something about the shape...

Date: 2011-03-11 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG! I didn't know Matthew Fox is in a play! I'm such a bad Lost fan cause I don't even read up on what the cast has been doing and what their next projects are after the show ended. I do know about Jorge, Terry and Michael having new shows tho. But it's awesome to know that Matthew decided to do a play. And it's so awesome you got to watch it! Lucky you! And even more lucky that you got to meet Matthew afterwards! So cute how he asked you so many times on how to spell your name. lol.

But yeah Matthew's such an awesome guy. Got to meet him twice just when Lost was starting too and he's super duper nice! Glad you got to meet him!

Oh and love your pics too! Whoa at Matthew's beard. It's so grey but I love it! :)

Date: 2011-03-11 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well now you know, so if you want to check it out come to London! XD I hardly think it's sold out or anything. As a matter of fact it's still in previews it might get busier after press night (or not if the critcs slaughter the play).

Oh yeah I forgot Jorge got a new show lined up. For now it seems he is appearing in every other major show as a guest star (I have seen him in How I Met Your Mother and Mr. Sunshine during the last few weeks and I think he was in Fringe too, though I haven't watched that show in a long time). And Daniel Dae Kim is of course in Hawaii Five-O now, I don't know what Terry and Michael are doing though?

Date: 2011-03-11 08:36 am (UTC)
ext_107368: (Lost // Jack & Vincent)
From: [identity profile]
Unfortunately there were no jears to be seen at any point during or after the performance

I would demand my money back! The grey beard is so odd ha

Date: 2011-03-11 09:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You have a valid point there, maybe I should :P

Haha I know, right? It's not so much the grey that looks odd to me, but it's the shape.

Date: 2011-03-11 11:17 am (UTC)
ext_107368: (Ashes To Ashes // Alex)
From: [identity profile]
Consumer rights must cover these kind of things ;)

It is a weird shape, really Foxy should have done better.

Date: 2011-03-11 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If only ;)

I don't remember it being this oddly looking in Lost? So either I blocked it from my mind or the Lost beard was made of flashback!hair D:

Date: 2011-03-11 12:04 pm (UTC)
ext_107368: (Led Zep // Jimmy Page)
From: [identity profile]

L O L oh god I miss the jeard

Date: 2011-03-11 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That definitely looks pasted on, lol!

I was actually also looking for Jeard pictures to see if it was real or not and came across this one:


Date: 2011-03-11 12:16 pm (UTC)
ext_107368: (Supernatural // Sammy Devil)
From: [identity profile]
*dies* I really miss Lost and the jears

Date: 2011-03-12 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I miss making fun of Jack :(

Date: 2011-03-11 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
I agree with you about Olivia Williams' portrayal of Betty. When compared to Matthew Fox's Bobby, hers was always going to be less strong. That said, I thought her performance was subtly demonstrating the many layers to Betty. Nice pics, btw.

Date: 2011-03-12 12:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I suppose for me it was mostly the fact that I really expected Olivia to be fabulous and Matthew to not be and it was the other way around really. I don't mean that Olivia was awful, but it was definitely her character that played aprt in it and combined with the fact that I had much higher expectations concluded in my somewhat disappointed view of her performance.

Thanks :)

Date: 2011-03-17 08:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That grey beard looks really strange on Matthew Fox.

Date: 2011-03-18 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know, doesn't it just? O.o It gaves the beard as a whole an odd looking shape

Date: 2011-03-17 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Matthew's new-style beard is just... weird. Especially when you compare it with his usual stubbled look in those interviews. That Q&A sounds interesting, though - I've never been to a performance with one of those.

Date: 2011-03-18 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know, it's really peculiar... I prefer the stubble too or just the darker colour even.

it's interesting. This wasn't the best one I've been too but it's always nice as a bonus and extra insight into the performance you've just watched :)


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