Ibsen To The Rescue

OLD STAGE HAND: Stewart returns to the West End to play The Master Builder

London's West End, theater's most hallowed ground, has of late been long on celebrity and short on serious theater. A parade of Hollywood stars with minimal acting chops have invaded Theaterland — among them Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan, but most notoriously Madonna in the execrable Up For Grabs — many of them sellout performances in every sense of the phrase. After Matthew Perry (one of the Friends) began filling the Comedy Theatre with his lightweight turn in David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, you began to wonder if schlock is the only way to sell tickets these...

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