Thursday, June 16, 2011
The People In The Picture
Donna Murphy (Bubbie/Raizel) is sublime. Clearly the star of the show. Clearly the mistress of character acting. I can't say anyone else in the cast was a stand-out, but they were a strong ensemble and put Bubbie on a golden pedestal the entire evening as she seamlessly slid between her younger self in 1935-1946 Warsaw, Poland and her older self in New York circa 1977 Overwrought with Yiddish and old Jewish humor, perhaps, but that's the story, for heaven's sake. I have a few friends who actually saw it early in the run. They got very bored during Act I and left. They never found out who, exactly the people in the picture are. Alas, the story is about the title of the show and Act II cleverly reveals all.
So who are the people in the picture? I won't spoil it - you'll have to get your own ticket and let the divine Donna Murphy tell you herself. Tape recorders, at least in the audience, not allowed.