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.