THEATER: Love Letters

Virginia Woolf corresponds with Vita Sackville-West

What a pity that some of the best acting onstage today is going to be seen by so few people. And that such performances are in the service of so slender a vehicle as Vita & Virginia, now installed in off-Broadway's Union Square Theatre for an 18-week run. Vanessa Redgrave and Eileen Atkins bring to roaring life the two-character play created by Atkins from the letters Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf exchanged during their 18-year relationship. If their love affair (mostly of the heart and soul) was passionate, it was not very interesting -- at least not in this telling.

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