Cinema: Talk Show

TRIBUTE

Directed by Bob Clark

Screenplay by Bernard Slade

The stage is the performer's space: it belongs to the actor — or the character — who is always "on." He is the metaphor matador, the tale twister, the verbal bully who mesmerizes those onstage and in the audience with his endless conjury of felicitous syllables. He is the theater's grand gabby old man, the shaman, the incantator, who goes back to Aeschylus and forward to O'Neill and Osborne, Stoppard and Shepard. Put a spotlight on him, and the eloquence swells, the spell continues. He...