Yes, The Crucible is over. Above is my souvenir of my fandom experience of seeing the play and going to the Stage Door.
I can’t quite believe this massive RICHARD ARMITAGE FANDOM experience is over! All summer long we knew where “our man” was and could go see him if we had the means and time. Wow. That’s not likely to happen anytime again soon. I am so grateful that I got to see it once. Those who were fortunate to see it more than once, well, okay.
There’s been a lot of chatter about “how many” times someone went to see the play. Sorry to be boring, but my frame of reference is of course seeing Hugh Jackman in The Boy from Oz. I went to see it 15 times. It was over the course of a YEAR of course, not 3 months!! Everything is relative! Still it was A LOT! The other thing is that TBOZ was a musical, not an intense drama. It was FUN. Hardly what you could call The Crucible!! Watching someone spill their guts several times in a week, versus watching someone play a sexy entertainer? No contest. I’d go for the sexy entertainer. Not sure I could endure watching The Crucible multiple times in a row. But that’s just me. Which brings me to my next point.
“Judge not, lest ye be judged.” How many times someone went to see the play is a matter for them to determine. None of us has the right to judge. Our experience of a theatrical event is personal. We don’t know why someone was so obsessed with a play that they needed to see it so many times. And “what’s normal for a fan”, indeed. There is no “normal”. We all have our own reasons. Is more than once “obsessive”? Is FOUR times? Is EIGHT times? Who can judge??
The thing I objected to was the weirdness about being truthful about going to see the show. Some people seemed very reluctant to be honest about how many times they were going to see the show. Why? Who cares? Go see it as many times as you want. The weirdness to me comes from being secretive. As if you were being “special” by seeing it so many times. None of us is special. Maybe The Anglophile Channel. LOL! Marlise is clearly a “special” fan because she can communicate with RA and help him get his messages out to us. Bravo!! (P.S. I think she only saw TC once?)
I also want to give a shout out to the ensemble of The Crucible. I thought they were all exceptional. Richard Armitage, while being the headliner and having the Stage Door folks all queued for him, was really part of an ensemble. I was very happy to see the RA fandom acknowledging their appreciation to all the members of The Crucible ensemble, as well as to Yael Farber and all the supporting behind the scenes participants. YAY!!
What’s next for RA fandom? Who knows? The only sure thing is the publicity tour for The Battle of Five Armies. Then the premieres. NYC December 8th! Will I go?? <sigh> Not sure at this time. Check back later. 😀
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all the RA fans who shared their experiences of the play, the Stage Door, and their adventures to London. I hope we hang on to that shared fandom and don’t start our internal dispute nonsense now. Richard Armitage did a masterful job in interpreting an iconic role for the stage. He has something very much to be proud of coming out of this experience. Let’s all be proud of that, and wait for his next amazing career experience to reveal itself. Hope you get a little rest, Richard, and continue to amaze us!