|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.