The drama Skylight starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan opened on Broadway to the uproarious applause of an avid audience.
The two appear at first sight to be somewhat of an odd couple. Yet their theatrical performances are worth their weight in gold. Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy appear in Skylight, by David Hare, which has been adapted to the Broadway style entertainment genre.
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They are not the sort who sit with fingers intertwined beneath the moonlight and whisper sweet nothings into each other’s ears. There are many markers including age gap, personality, temperament and general level of activity that have the two poles apart.
And then there are subjects the two cannot understand and which appear to be gibberish to them. Yet there does seem to be a delicate and ever so subtle chemistry between the grouch and the greensleeves.
The London-based ethereal romance is the talk of the town. There is tragic loss built into the storyline too. And there is the rub. The author of the narrative never leaves aside the economic side of the equation.
In a nation such as England divided between the aristocracy and the masses, these two characters have the selfsame contradictions within them just waiting to explode.
The last time it got aired on Broadway was in 1996 and that was a whole different story altogether. The days of Margaret Thatcher are over and a New Britain is in the making.
As lovers Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy meet for a night only and she does some cooking to boot. It is a strange case of ex-flames meeting and sharing an even stranger attraction and repulsion.
The play reminds one of George Bernard Shaw’s ironical moral lessons in the paradoxes and critical attitude towards almost everything. As the two talk it out and reveal their hearts’ desires to each other, it becomes evident that there is more than meets the eye.
Even now the embers are alive in the dying coals of their love hearth. So as Bill Nighy’s once-upon-a-time-ago mistress, Carey Mulligan must make a tough choice now.
His wife has come to know of their affair and left him and he now wants to enter the loving and warm arms of Carey, his past passion. They are left at a crossroads and don’t really know what to do.
The play is one worth a gander since it points to the pity of having been torn between a lover and a love you left behind many years ago. Heartbreakingly emotional are the only words that the play evokes.