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By Andrew Gans
23 May 2012

Mark Rylance in Boeing Boeing.


"I saw Boeing Boeing first by myself while Paige was in L.A., and marvelled—as I always do—at Rylance's comic precision and ability to be completely in the moment on stage. Later, Paige replaced Kathryn Hahn as the American flight attendant, Gloria, and I saw the show again. Rylance was as present and as hilarious as ever. At the time I was playing Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons at the Roundabout—and since Henry appears only in the first act I found I could get out of costume, dash up to 48th Street, and watch nearly the entire second act of Boeing Boeing before I needed to be back at 42nd Street for my bows. Rylance was astonishingly consistent, but never the same. It was like watching a small child or an animal at play. It was the essence of great acting."

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