Theater: Tracing the Patterns of a Lifetime THE PETITION

THE PETITION by Brian Clark

Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn are the country's foremost acting couple. Like Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, their only American peers in this century, the Cronyns have interwoven a silken artistry of characterization with the homespun fabric of marriage as depicted by people who are actually married. Audiences delight equally in seeing the Cronyns become other people and in watching them be themselves. In The Fourposter, A Delicate Balance, The Gin Game and Foxfire, and in the 1985 hit movie Cocoon, they have specialized in verbal thunder that subsided into affectionate resolution. Their careers have been a metaphor for a safe...

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