Theater: Divine Right

THE WEST SIDE WALTZ by Ernest Thompson

Katharine Hepburn is one of the few actresses in America who seem born to the blood royal. When she steps on a stage, she rules by divine right. The theater becomes a throne room, the playgoer a loyal subject. Her imperious gaze, manner and gestures command the bent knee and the silent gasp of awe.

She is overpowering even when her acting skills are not. She is a master strategist of expression. Her voice has a narrow range, yet her use of it encompasses dismissive contempt, romantic yearning, intellectual excitement, absolute shock, quivering pain, girlish ardor...

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