THEATER: LONDON CALLING. HANG UP

BRITAIN'S MICHAEL GAMBON ACTS UP A STORM IN HIS BROADWAY DEBUT. TOO BAD THE PLAY'S A DRIZZLE

Anyone who has done much theatergoing in London knows the feeling: sitting in the stalls at a half-empty matinee and watching an actor you've barely heard of--or maybe the understudy of an actor you've barely heard of--command the stage with the sort of assurance and effortless technical skill that elude even big-name stars in America. It's better training; it's Shakespeare; it's being able to work constantly to develop your craft--whatever the reason, British actors really are better.

Michael Gambon is one of the best, though American audiences have seen little of him. Acclaimed for his work in everything from Uncle Vanya...

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