But a play or novel with that title today, would be assumed by its audience to be a thriller. This is decidedly not a thriller.
Jude Kelly made the mistake of doing it with Johnson Over Jordan; now Laurie Sansom has taken Priestley's famous first play from and set it among the present-day glitterati. And if it still works, it does so in spite of, rather than because of the transposition of period.
What makes Dangerous Corner durable is Priestley's ingenuity. A group of high-fliers, here all part of a transatlantic publishing firm, are enjoying a weekend in the country home of Robert and Freda Caplan.
Someone produces a musical cigarette-box that belonged to Robert's dead brother. A Dangerous corner arises over whether one of the guests, the faintly spinsterish Olwen, could ever have seen it before. Rashly pursuing the point, Robert uncovers a world of lies, theft and betrayal, spiced with drugs and gay passion.
Finally, Priestley reverses time and shows what might have happened if the characters had simply let the music-box moment pass and shimmied to a radio dance band instead.
Priestley himself rewrote the beginning for Broadway - a pity, since he sacrificed the neat idea of the characters sitting in the dark listening to a radio play called The Sleeping Dog. But Sansom compounds Priestley's error by retaining most of the play's original dialogue but updating the action.
This subtly undermines Priestley's whole point: There's something ludicrous about the idea that today's bright young media things would be remotely shocked by the disclosure of bonking, bisexuality or barbiturates - which is why, in the second act, unseemly titters erupted in the stalls.
Sansom has forgotten that all plays are dated, in that they are the product of a particular moment. It's precisely that quality of historical authenticity that makes them interesting in the first place.
But despite his best efforts to sabotage Priestley's old craft, the play still proves surprisingly seaworthy, largely because it uses a thriller format to explore the ever-pertinent question of how much truth we can take in our private lives.
And though there's a disjunction between words and setting, there are striking performances from Rupert Penry-Jones as the over- inquisitive Caplan, Dervla Kirwan as the repressed Olwen, and Jacqueline Pearce as an intimidating US novelist, who looks like Falconetti's Joan of Arc landed in darkest Surrey.
But this is one of those evenings where the play survives the production.A happy gathering of friends at a stylish country retreat is soon disrupted by a cigarette box and an ill-considered remark.
Dangerous secrets are then exposed in Priestley’s fascinating play that combines murder mystery and psychological drama. "Dangerous Corner" is a dreadful play to read. While reading this abdominal play, I kept checking to see how many pages were left.
One shouldn't do that when reading a play. The characters were underdeveloped and too many plots were touched upon and abandoned for different ones.
It wasn't attention grabbing. Poorly written. I do not lausannecongress2018.coms: 4. Dangerous Corner is a great title.
But a play or novel with that title today, would be assumed by its audience to be a thriller. But a play or novel with that title today, would be assumed by its audience to be a thriller.4/5. Dangerous Corner () MAIN Links. Overview Full Credits Full Synopsis Notes Music Screenplay Info Original Print Info Genre Keywords.
data from AFI catalog. User Reviews Other Reviews Articles Money Awards Quotes Trivia Home Video Reviews Misc Notes Alternate Versions Theatrical Aspect Ratio Fan Sites. The plot of J.B. Priestley’s “Dangerous Corner” — mysteries unfold and gentility dissolves — could almost be a rough draft for the playwright’s better-known “An Inspector Calls.
Dangerous Corner got off to a slow start when it debuted in London in May , but it soon became an enormous success, and it was performed all over the world.
In October , the play was staged at the Empire Theater in New York, where it was the outstanding success of the season.