Thursday, October 09, 2008

Liz Smith -- The New York Post -- The opening-night crowd was fascinating, very top-drawer: Sid and Mercedes Bass, Jayne Wrightsman, Barbara Walters, Elaine Stritch, Chita Rivera, Stockard Channing, Cady Huffman, Julie White, Barbara Cook, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Jill Clayburgh, Jessye Norman, Jim Dale, Brian Grazer, Gay and Nan Talese. Onstage, Langella towers in the role of a man torn between his religious conscience and his love and respect for his King. He follows his heart and soul to his doom. Playwright Bolt is reminding us once again what happens when people are imprisoned without trial and examined under torture. Langella's Sir Thomas More is imposing, human, humorous, tragic, gallant and best of all - overwhelming when he translates More's predicament with the King into a legal defense. I had forgotten that More was not only a churchman and an intellectual but versed in the intricacies of the law. It does him no good, of course.

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