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Man in Black II


Speaking of bad ideas, it would be one if you didn’t pull some strings to see Cate Blanchett in the last week of Hedda Gabler at BAM. I don’t say this because it’s a great performance—it’s not, despite what you’ve read—but because the promise it carries of future greatness. Blanchett is at once fierce and graceful; even the way she walks, cutting across the stage with a cape streaming behind her, commands attention. Her powerful, delicate voice is an instrument made for the stage, and her looks—well, Keats could do them justice. A director who knew how to focus her extravagant talent might steer her through any of the canonical roles. Now if only there were, say, a major Shakespeare production on the Public’s summer calendar that needed a Lady Macbeth. . . .

Ring of Fire
Created by Richard Maltby Jr. Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Grey Gardens
Lyrics by Michael Korie. Music by Scott Frankel. Book by Doug Wright. Playwrights Horizons/ Mainstage Theater. Through April 23.


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