Stage and Screen Star Julian Sands Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

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Which actor does Sands think has been missing from the New York stage for too long?
Julian Sands
Julian Sands Monica Simoes

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.

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

A scene from the original Off-Broadway production of <i>Natasha Pierre &amp; The Great Comet of 1812</i>
A scene from the original Off-Broadway production of Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Chad Batka

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.

Natasha Richardson as Anna Christie by Eugene O'Neill

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson in <i>Anna Christie</i>
Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson in Anna Christie Photo by Martha Swope

A profound and thrilling Broadway debut from so gifted an actress.

John Malkovich in Burn This in '87

John Malkovich, Lou Liberatore and Joan Allen in <i>Burn This</i>
John Malkovich, Lou Liberatore and Joan Allen in Burn This Martha Swope / The New York Public Library

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

Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan in <i>Private Lives</i>
Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan in Private Lives Alastair Muir

[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?

 Bill Pullman
Bill Pullman Monica Simoes

Such an interesting, funny, tender and authentic performance... made me want to play the role.

Mark Rylance in Jerusalem

Mark Rylance in <i>Jerusalem</i>
Mark Rylance in Jerusalem Simon Annand

[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

<i>RoosevElvis</i>
RoosevElvis Sue Kessler

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

Kathryn Hunter and David Harewood in <i>A Midsummer Night's Dream</i>
Kathryn Hunter and David Harewood in A Midsummer Night's Dream Es Devlin

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

Laurena Allan, Gary Wilmes, Scott Shepherd, Annie McNamara, Kate Scelsa &amp; Vin Knight. Photo by Mark Barton
Laurena Allan, Gary Wilmes, Scott Shepherd, Annie McNamara, Kate Scelsa and Vin Knight in Gatz Mark Barton

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

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan in <i>Skylight</i>
Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan in Skylight John Haynes

A sublime portrayal of feminine vulnerability and strength ... she embodied the intimate and epic effortlessly ... beautiful work ... Bill Nighy pretty damn good, too.

Bonus: Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of <i>Hamilton</i>
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of Hamilton Joan Marcus

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. …

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