“Matilda the Musical,” the story of an overachieving girl who discovers she has supernatural powers, swept up seven Laurence Olivier Awards, the U.K.’s highest stage honors, including best new musical and director. The production is due to transfer to Broadway next year.
If you should swagger into a bar in Nashville and, like Greta Garbo in “Anna Christie”, bark, “Gimme a viskee...ginger ale on der side,” you’re probably going to get served Jack Daniel’s or George Dickel. But if you sip it and then say, “Damn fine bourbon,” you may just get thrown out.
Eugene O’Neill’s “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” is three hours of misery, despair and dysfunction in search of a plot. It’s also a superb vehicle for great actors with the requisite theatrical chops. A new production offers three dazzling and passionate performances.