Staggered out of Punchi Theatre last night in a happy happy daze. Colombo critic is spot on about the quality of Marsh’s acting. And Marsh is able to pull off a continuous physically demanding yet subtle performance. And he seems to be able to do it over and over again (I went the day after Colombo critic’s review got posted). The Sunday times also has similar positive things to say.
The play had a definite Afro-American of the Southern US flavour which Marsh carried through with a convincing, consistent accent and body language. The bit of blues like singing in the “devil’s wedding” segment was particularly amazing.
I’m not qualified to judge acting in an academic sense, but Marsh has an ability to deliver a powerful human experience. The sort of thing people who pay to see a play secretly hope for. If Marsh can deliver such an experience (as he has already done) irrespective of the where he is on the planet, then he’s clearly a world class actor. Right now he is doing his stuff in Sri Lanka and we are very very lucky to have him.
Yeah I know this too sounds fawning, but what the hell, such quality acting needs to be applauded and recognised for what it is. May it in some way inspire and up the ante of the quality of theatre in Sri Lanka. (ok ok so its a little shrill and hopeful but why the hell not?)