Theater: Collected Stories

Donald Margulies

With 60 years on the boards, Uta Hagen could be called the Cal Ripken Jr. of theater. Except that the remarkable actress, even at age 79, is still at the top of her game. Appearing off-Broadway in Margulies' two-character exercise, Collected Stories, she plays a celebrated short-story writer and professor who takes a talented graduate student under her wing. Does the relationship get thorny? Think All About Eve. If the bones too frequently show through the flesh of Margulies' formulaic play, never mind. Hagen--now bawdily arrogant, now anguished with betrayal--is ferociously riveting.

--By William Tynan

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