October 21, 2006
"NIGHTINGALE" was no tea party. Nor for the faint of heart. Rather than "banal," as reviewer Charles McNulty says ["Lynn Redgrave Throws a Tea Party," Oct. 17], it was hard-hitting, revealing painful truths. Yes, it lacks the splashy big names that McNulty suggests were missing. And that's precisely the art of Lynn Redgrave's masterpiece. She wrote a quiet piece about her not-at-all famous grandmother. There was nothing bizarre, glamorous or particularly exciting to draw us into fantasy and shelter us from the reality of our own painful lives that was hers.
October 17, 2006 |
While the tea is steeping and the cucumber sandwiches are being prepared, gather round, cardigan-wearing buffs of theatrical royalty. Lynn Redgrave would like to regale you with a tale inspired by -- you guessed it! -- her famous family. No, I'm afraid it's not about her big sis Vanessa or her father Michael, those two acting titans. Nor does it revolve around her lesser-known but equally powerful stage-veteran brother Corin.
October 12, 2006
Lynn Redgrave performs the American premiere of her bittersweet one-woman drama, "Nightingale," a contemplation on immortality and those whose lives leave little mark, based on her maternal grandmother, Beatrice Kempson, a lesser-known member of the Redgrave theatrical dynasty. Redgrave, moved to write the play after finding that weather had erased the words on her grandmother's gravestone, has now written a trilogy of autobiographical plays.
January 15, 2006 |
WHAT a spot for an actor-playwright to be in. Stage and screen veteran Lynn Redgrave, who is directing the premiere London run of her latest play, "Nightingale," won't be able to attend the show when it opens. While "Nightingale," a solo piece, is performed by Redgrave's close friend Caroline John at London's New End Theatre, Tuesday through Feb. 18, Redgrave will be essaying the plum role of Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the Ahmanson Theatre here.
June 14, 2005 |
Lynn Redgrave will appear as Lady Bracknell in the Ahmanson Theatre's production of "The Importance of Being Earnest," Jan. 22 through March 5. To be directed by Peter Hall, the production is a different revival from the "Earnest" that was anticipated when the Ahmanson season was announced in April. The earlier "Earnest" was to be produced in London and would have stopped in L.A. before Broadway.
September 12, 2004 |
Delivering an emotional showstopper that resonates long after the closing credits, Lynn Redgrave nevertheless appears in "Kinsey" for only a few minutes, fewer even than in her film debut in "Tom Jones." Having worked with writer and director Bill Condon on "Gods and Monsters," in a role for which she received an Oscar nomination for supporting actress, Redgrave was excited when he sent her a new script, even though he cautioned her that the role was small.