Monday, April 2, 2007

Spalding Gray is Alive & Well and Living in the Village

The spirit of Spalding Gray lives on, thanks to the genius production Stories Left to Tell at the Minetta Lane Theater in the Village. The show combines known and never-before-performed tales by this stunning storyteller, told by five exceptional actors (Josh Lucas was the guest performer the date I was there). While the play ends with a brief exploration of Gray's reasons for suicide (chronic, intense depression after a debilitating car crash), its core is the wry, witty observations of life that made Gray the philosophical chronicler of our time. GO SEE THIS PLAY!

Added Bonus: Vanessa Redgrave was there too, and my friend Ann and I chatted about the play with her and the Obie-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant in the lobby. Was able to tell them both how much I enjoyed and appreciated their performances (Redgrave in The Year of Magical Thinking, Chalfant in Stories). Awesome. Actors were also taking donations for Broadway Cares: Equity Fights Aids-one of NY's coolest charities. Give what you can.

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