The Pater Principle

Shakespeare for My Father has been produced and directed by Lynn's husband, John Clark, and the two of them have continued making improvements in the staging since I saw the production in New York three years ago, where it played on Broadway for 272 performances. Now, the play moves along smoothly, at an engaging pace that stimulates the illusion of spontaneity. On opening night in Phoenix, there were passages that were too soft to fill the large theatre, but I was assured the sound system would be adjusted to remedy this flaw.

The audience was enchanted by Lynn Redgrave, and you will be, too. This is an evening that is touching, amusing and warmly charming. What a pleasure to have this stage memoir to remind us of the importance of intimate contact with one another! As Shakespeare put it so well: "What is love? 'Tis not hereafter. Present mirth hath present laughter." Michael Redgrave may never be a poster dad for Father's Day, but Lynn Redgrave's meditation on him is a treasure.

Shakespeare for My Father continues through Sunday, June 23, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe.

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