Sunday February 9, 2014 / 2:00pm (Preview)Collected Stories
How was your experience?
Three things strike me about this "pop-up" performance of Collected Stories at the Cartwright: 1. The intimacy of the theatre. Ten or so chairs are arrayed in a quarter-circle around the set, putting the audience right inside the living room of Ruth's New York apartment. 2. The degree of perfection in the acting. Every movement, gesture, facial expression and intonation contributes to the give-and-take, the tension, between aging mentor and aspiring young scholar, between sometime friend, eventual colleague, and unwitting competitor. These actors are superb. 3. The compelling story and text. Collected Stories had made an impression when I'd seen it performed several years ago -- in another small theatre across the street, as it happens! The story leads us to remember the people who influenced and supported us in our youth, makes us conscious of our efforts to give back, and forces us to confront the finite span of our professional -- as well as personal -- lives. Ruth's lines are brilliant. My favorite, without giving away anything, I hope..."He was impotent!"