Thursday, October 17, 2013
A few nights ago I went to The Old Vic and watched the play. It did, indeed, get bad reviews. Maybe those reviews are correct. But none of them account for one thing: every time Vanessa Redgrave came onto the stage, I caught my breath. And surely I wasn't the only one who had this reaction. It was a strange and wonderful thing to watch what can only be called greatness unfold in front of me. Redgrave was truly something to behold.
There is nothing like the magical energy of the theater -- the sense that no matter how familiar you are with Shakespeare's words, that this is the first time you are experiencing them. I know of no other medium that creates that, and Redgrave amped up that magical energy every time she spoke.