The Year of Magical Thinking

Generally, I am happy to watch Seana McKenna in anything, but when she gets material like this, the result is outstanding.
Joan Didion’s play about the year in which her husband and daughter died is beautiful – more of a narrative poem than a play. It is sad, but it is also funny. It is about death, and reactions to death, but it is also a wonderful portrait of a long marriage and a close family.
McKenna gave a beautifl performance – totally controlled, but completely believable. You leave the theatre wondering how she can put herself through that every day, but of course, the answer is talent.
Definitely worth a standing ovation.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Year of Magical Thinking

  1. Keith says:

    I have no disagreement with Cathy: definitely a standing ovation. The play (I see Cathy stole my poem comment) is really like traditional storytelling, rhythmic, repetitive, developing and building the themes. And Seana McKenna was perfect; I think the play would work with her voice alone but her controlled actions helped reinforce the story/poem.A play about a horrible time in the author's life but actually quite uplifting.Makes you remember why you go to the theatre.

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