(from Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Saturday matinee. I'll repeat that: Saturday matinee
! Isn't there a tradition that matinee casts aren't the top ones? So much for that: I had some sense last night, watching "T&V
", that Kronenberg wasn't quite all herself, though being Jennifer Kronenberg, even at 90% she still had a lot to give. This afternoon she was in Bugaku
with Carlos Guerra, and they both gave the characters more nearly complete realizations than we had got last night: Hers was vulnerable, wondering just to the point of disoriented, and this was accomplished through angle of body and quality of movement, not much with her face, which she mostly kept downcast, with averted eyes. (In about 1988, Allegra Kent told Nancy Reynolds, author of "Repertory in Review,"
... In rehearsal, no Japanese look was stressed. I think of it as ancient Japan... I always do it with a face that shows no emotion, with what I feel is a Japanese look. Basically, I avert my eyes. I participate, but my eyes and face are averted from the reality of what's happening.
And Guerra got a lot more heavy menace into his character than Garcia-Rodriguez had last night, if not to the extent Jared Redick had a few years ago, when he was with TSFB. (I mention this to point out that these things can still happen, in the right hands.)
But then "T&V
." Albertson's briefly delighting us last night in "Clarinets" turned out to be a harbinger of what she would do for minutes at a time this afternoon in "T&V
", with the superb Renato Penteado. She modestly presented this huge role, clearly but softly phrasing movement even in fast tempo and illuminating the very air around her, with visible sighs falling - or rather, floating - off point.