Theater: Sex in the Trauma Ward

Natasha Richardson returns to Broadway in a bruising relationship drama from London

What turns an actress on? If you're Natasha Richardson, scion of one of Britain's most famous acting families (daughter of Vanessa Redgrave) and trying to carve your own niche on the stage, playing Sally Bowles in a radically revamped version of Cabaret is one sure way. Deciding how to follow up that Tony-winning turn, however, is a tougher call. Richardson twice turned down an offer to join the four-person Broadway cast of Patrick Marber's hit London play Closer. Asked a third time, she thought it over for a weekend and agreed--not because the role promised an acting breakthrough but simply because...

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