Casey Kramer in the role of The Catwoman
Thank goodness she’s the antithesis of Julie Newmar’s prowling in warm leatherette. Casey Kramer plays the crazy-or-is-she villager in this mysterious Irish retelling of Medea. Kramer’s Catwoman is prescient but completely feline in personality and action, gnawing on mice and licking her beverage from a saucer. Too, she’s blind, and Kramer makes the blindness perfectly realistic, while Catwoman sees the truth around her. In Kramer’s long career of beautifully crafted performances, this one’s still a highlight. —Dany Margolies
AND FROM NEW YORK...
In repertory performances of these classics by Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett, Ian McKellen is heartbreakingly pathetic and hysterically funny as a pair of elderly men lost in an existential wasteland. As the impoverished poet Spooner in No Man’s Land, he moves like a whipped dog around his alcoholic host and two brutish attendants, yet he maintains Spooner’s shattered dignity. In Godot, he delivers a desperate, almost vaudevillian turn as the tramp filling the void with half-remembered jokes and songs while waiting for the never-arriving Godot. —David Sheward
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