|By:||William Luce with Michael Mastro|
|Sets and Costumes:||Santo Loquasto|
|Opened:||3/97 at the Music Box Theater|
|Cast:||Christopher Plummer and Michael Mastro|
Plummer is triumphant in this chronicle of the blurry, brilliant life of John Barrymore. The occasion for this one-on-one discourse with the notoriously self-destructive actor? It's the spring of 1942, and he's preparing for a screen test for Richard III. In this intriguing — and sometimes crudely funny — stream of consciousness, Plummer's Barrymore lurches from self-parodying anecdotes and outbursts of iambic pentameter to profound insights, just to let you know it's not the alcohol talking. The fascinating portrait convinces on two levels: First, it's not likely there's anyone more unnerving or charming than Barrymore, and second, there's probably not anyone more fit to flesh out the role than Plummer.
Here are the facts and trivia that people are buzzing about.