Stage and screen star Julian Sands (Room With a View, The Killing Fields, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), who is currently starring in Irish Repertory Theatre's A Celebration of Harold Pinter through April 3, shares the performances that most affected him as part of the audience.
Poetic, romantic and beautiful … Deeply moving adaptation of War and Peace. Rich and moving music in a company led by the very touching Dave Malloy.
A profound and thrilling Broadway debut from so gifted an actress.
John Malkovich in Burn This in '87
The physical dynamism of Malkovich on stage is something that has been absent from the New York stage for too long ... a thrilling, dangerous, inimitable performance.
Alan Rickman as Elyot in Private Lives
[A performance] with all the feline languor of a laid-back panther ... suitably foiled by Lindsay Duncan's Amanda ... delicious!
Bill Pullman in The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
Such an interesting, funny, tender and authentic performance... made me want to play the role.
[Rylance] was transformative... his passion and power as a performer is revealed in all its glory ...mesmerizing and grotesque ...brilliant and cauterizing work from a very gifted man.
RoosevElvis by The Team
A remarkable triumph of effect and intelligence ...characteristic of their other works like Mission Drift esp...Libby King was wondrous as Elvis, revealing truth, pathos and deep sensitivity. Kristen Sieh as Roosevelt was amazing, too.
Julie Taymor’s Midsummer Night's Dream
A truly dark delight ... total spellbinding theatre .... Kathryn Hunter's Puck was gloriously malign and ever inventive... David Harewood as Oberon, a true warrior demon.
Elevator Repair Service's Gatz
An epic telling seemingly in real time, Fitzgerald's compelling fable ...Jim Fletcher as Jay Gatsby was enigmatic, inscrutable, humane and vulnerable ... a towering performance from a fascinating company.
Carey Mulligan as Kyra in David Hare's Skylight
A sublime portrayal of feminine vulnerability and strength ... she embodied the intimate and epic effortlessly ... beautiful work ... Bill Nighy pretty damn good, too.
However much has been written about this work, Miranda's grace and sensitivity cannot be written about enough.
l could have written a much longer list if l had included London, of course ... Think Anthony Hopkins in Pravda ... Paul Scofield in Amadeus or John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson in No Man's Land, etc. …