When Stevenson fell in love with her performance, we became a stand-in for our wife’s confidantes. Thanks to the surround sound design of Ben and Max Ringham, the audio makes the actress extremely nervous: when she whispers, you can almost feel her breathing and track as the sound travels from one earpiece to another. Her path around you. When I heard the buzzing of the flies, I reflected on it, and the flies seemed to fly around the curl outside my ears.
With the disbanding of the character, Stevenson also disappeared, her voice full of desperate breath. In one scene, a group of savage blind men demanded to provide food to women in exchange for food, and she yelled frantically at “Monster!”
Stephens, who won the Tony Award for his stage adaptation of “The Strange Event of the Dog at Night”, made a bold and wise choice here, especially considering the creation of a socially distancing theater The limitations. However, this “blindness” has obviously affected the most brilliant elements in Saramago’s novels. The lyrical philosophy of human nature lost its way in translation, which was cut off by Stevenson’s more direct narrative. The other voices that were already soft in the book disappeared completely. Likewise, the essential comments on how the system disappoints the people are lagging behind.
Stevenson uttered the word “epidemic” and clicked the “C” keenly with the British, and the shadow of Covid-19 was faintly visible in the 70-minute game. But when I was there, I didn’t really think about the coronavirus. The story of this epidemic is too personal-too rushed, too isolated from a character, too neglected in the larger social narrative-cannot fully translate what we have experienced in the past year.
The last moment of the work suddenly appeared, and in general it covered up the last scene of the story. It seems that the show was produced in a world fighting a pandemic, and it is still impossible to grasp the ending of its false popular story.
Stephens did not end Saramago’s ending, but embarked on an earlier scene, which involved three women bathing in the rain. This change admirably focuses on the resilience of women in the story. However, considering that the adaptation would hinder the development of other characters other than the doctor’s wife, it felt like an empty gesture in the end.
For people like me who have just read a novel, “blindness” is more of a sensory experience than a rich drama appeal. It is not just an allegory about hope and humanity, it also stimulates long-deprived ears and eyes.