With all the hype around the (no longer quite) new Harry Potter plays, I had assumed they’d be sold out until autumn at least. Not so! When I got online my first week here I discovered that when you’re buying only one ticket and are willing to pay for the good seats, it’s actually pretty easy to get in.
I attended a double-header showing last weekend. With the two plays running close to 3 hours each, the experience was similar to a Wagner opera in terms of the stamina it required. Which I think is a reflection of J.K. Rowling’s being a novelist and not a playwright. A six-hour production is what happens when a woman who normally writes 700-page novels sits down to write a play.
That said, it was still a pretty good play. The stagecraft was lovely and magical and clearly cost a fortune (this is not a show that will be easily reproduced by your local high school), and the acting was strong. While a finer playwright could have achieved the same emotional punch in a more compact work, the length allowed for all the adventure that makes the Harry Potter world so fun.