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D and I marveled at the National Theatre of Scotland's performance of "Let The Right One In", https://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/content/default.asp?page=home_LetTheRightOneIn
a striking and astonishingly loyal version of John Ajvide Lindqvist's 2004 Swedish novel "Låt den rätte komma in".
Set in the period of mid-winter Sweden, the stage reflected stark winter scenes of chiaroscuro so realistically that even the audience felt shiveringly cold. The cast's Scottish lilt added a dark grace and dynamism to each scene, while the clockwork rhythm of choreographed group movement initiated in certain scenes stirred not only the "snow" on stage, but whirled echos of frustration from the main character Oskar, out ot us and back again.
We were both surprised that this play proffered all of the rabid thrills, the suppressed tension, the guileless passion, and the genre twist that the book and two preceding films imbued. I strongly recommend both films: the original 2008 Swedish version "Let the right one in" and the following 2010 UK release "Let Me In", (it follows that of course the Swedish version is deeper and more nuanced, though the UK version is very good). I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the films, and now want to watch both again and see if my opinion still holds!
We started our evening at Salty Sow, which was pretty good, but way too loud for conversation. The service was slow and they staff kept pronouncing "rillette" in poorly-affected French, but the company was good and we enjoyed our meal!
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