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Old August 20th, 2014, 06:10 PM   #1
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"The Last Confession"

Just saw "The Last Confession" at the Brisbane Arts centre last night. David Suchet ("Poirot") was the star performer...and worth the price.

A very cerebral play...like "Godot"...all in one small defined space...the Pope's receiving room at the Vatican. David Suchet played Cardinal Bellini...a "pope maker" who got Paul 6th, John Paul 1, and John Paul 2 elected as Pontiff.

It's a great bit of perceived insight into the yin and yang of "the church is a bunch of BS only there for the power of a few" vs "this is Christ's church"...

In the middle of it all...you get to see the old Poirot character (as defined by Agatha Christie)...because the short (33 day) span of JP1 may well have been a murder by poison. (I won't spoil this subplot...)

The title refers to Suchet's character writing a confession out to be published to the world that the whole "church thing" is a load of BS...

The dim of wit will be bored...but those with "many leetle grey cells" will marvel and the stagecraft and the acting...

Get the better seats...up front...it's imperative to see the facial expressions...it is, after all, a stage play. The "matter of fact" conversations between each Pope and other Cardinals is novel to see. They were treated as very real personalities with absolutely no "religious mysticism" involved.

I counted a total of 21 characters in it...only one female...who played a nun assigned to the care of the pontiff. I was surprised to know that this actress is, in real life, David's wife............

PS: Wolfie!!! Take your wife to to this one. Atheist cardinals??? Yep!!!! It's a good living, it seems... It's gradually making a world tour....

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