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The Gaiety Theatre

Last week I went to The Actor’s Lament by Steven Berkoff, in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. The Gaiety, with its intimate atmosphere is one of my favourite venues, and a perfect setting for this play.
Berkoff a successful actor, playwright and theatre director was joined on stage by fellow actors Jay Benedict and Andree Bernard. Berkoff was the founder of The London Theatre Group, and is also remembered for his villainous role in the movie First Blood (Rambo). Jay Benedict was one of the original cast members of the 70s musical The Rocky Horror Show, and recently played John Kieffer in Foyle’s War. Andree Bernard is a TV, Film & Theatre Actress. Her most recent TV roles include were in Hollyoaks, Doctors and Casualty.the actors lament Gaiety theatreDublin
The minimalist stage setting allows both actors and audience to embark on a marathon journey on the wings of dialogue, which relies heavily on Steven Berkoff’s and his fellow actors’ formidable stage presence. And they don’t disappoint. They explore the different roles played by the writer, producer, director and critic alike, roles enhanced by the use of cleverly choreographed mime. The audience is both witness and sometimes a target of their scorn.
The Actor’s Lament is essentially an irreverent rant on the life of the struggling actor. It cleverly highlights the highs and lows, the passions and pains encountered on that journey. It is enhanced by clever observations, wit and cynicism, in equal measure. At a little over an hour in length, this play is well-crafted and honed to perfection in the capable hands of Berkoff and his fellow actors.

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