Equus Rides Again on Broadway

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Photo by Carol Rosegg
Photo by Carol Rosegg

Equus stars Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths

It’s not “Harry Potter Meets My Little Pony,” by any stretch of the imagination.

Not only is there a highly-publicized nude scene, but Peter Shaffer’s play “Equus” is a dark, edgy drama.

If you have a vivid imagination and a tendency to be squeamish, you might not want to click on this link about the play.

And if you don’t think you can handle the synopsis but you’re still wondering what the play’s about, here’s a one-line summation.

“Equus” is about psychotherapy sessions with a mentally ill young man who has blinded six horses with a hoofpick.

So, not only is Harry Potter Naked, he plays a troubled character who’s done some shocking things.

So, why do I have tickets? Prurient interest, perhaps?

Honestly, I may have passed because of the fanfare and hysteria over the nudity. But preparing this article gave me an insight that I might get to see a something special.

No – not that something.

I love to watch great drama. Plus, I live a short train ride from New York.

Reviews about the London production have noted that Radcliffe has the acting chops to deliver such a demanding role. The supporting cast in New York also includes stage and screen veteran Kate Mulgrew.

I figure that, if I don’t need at least a glass of pinot noir after the play to soothe my rattled nerves, then I haven’t gotten my money’s worth. I’ll let you know what I think after I see it.

Because great drama is supposed to engage the emotions. Serious drama and fiction have spelunked into the depths of human emotion and behavior for eons.

Playwright Peter Shaffer has said that the play, first produced in 1973, was inspired by a real incident. Scholars have noted deep mythological, psychological and sociological references woven into the play.

My tickets are for late October. And, no, I won’t be taking binoculars for a better view from my seat up in the mezzanine.

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  • Joann Breslin
    September 4, 2008

    I really enjoyed your blog. My dad loved going to the track, Monmouth, since he lived down the shore in NJ. My sister lives upstate NY, so sometimes we go to Saratoga.

    I love seeing the beautiful horses.

    Good luck with the book and the blog.


  • rhond7
    September 4, 2008

    Thanks for stopping by, Joann. I love going to the track, too. One thing I miss about having moved from Kentucky to Connecticut is that a trip to the track is a bit of a hike.

    Thanks for the good wishes, too. I hope you enjoy your visits here.


  • Cinderberry
    September 10, 2008

    “My Little Pony” it’s not 🙂

    I saw the production in London, twice, and it’s one of the top handful of things I’ve ever seen in the theatre. (And I used to go every week when I lived in a city.) You’re in for a treat. Forget Harry Potter; this boy can *act*. You’re getting him when he’s about 2 years older, too; he must have matured into the role even more.

    The “horses” in the production are an astonishing piece of theatrical design. Not going to spoil it for you, but… prepare to emerge weeping, or at least pretty shaken.

  • rhond7
    September 10, 2008

    Thanks, Cinderberry. I’ve read an article about how the horses are being played/interpreted by dancers. I would have linked to it, but it was from a newspaper and I don’t necessarily trust them to keep links active after a while.

    What you said about the aftermath doesn’t suprise me. I’m expecting to either need a glass of wine or a xanax afterward.

    Sounds like Radcliffe is well on the way to becoming a theatre great. And that my friend and I are in for a powerful experience.