Arts Better Than Audiotape
posted by March 30 at 11:00 AMon
Yesterday was the premiere of the play adaptation of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, but I wouldn’t advise reading Ben Brantley in the New York Times to find out how it went. Here is a representative, deeply pompous paragraph:
Such moments erupt often enough throughout this production, which is directed with austere eloquence by the playwright David Hare, to raise the show well above the level of an audiotape. Students of acting are advised to buy tickets as close as possible to the stage to observe the presence and craft that allows one woman to hold an audience’s attention for 90 uninterrupted minutes.
Don’t you just want to wash yourself? I guess I’ll have to wait for the New Yorker.