Mamie Gummer merely has to point a critical finger or raise a skeptical eyebrow to send waves of recognition across the footlights to an audience. She is -- especially as she steadily improves her craft -- the image of her mother, Meryl Streep .
No one does mean like Alan Rickman. With a sneering smile and an evil twinkle in his eye, he can reduce anybody dumb enough to challenge him -- whether it’s Harry Potter or the four novice writers under his tutelage in “Seminar” -- with little more than a single word.
“The Winter’s Tale” may be Shakespeare ’s hardest play to stage, but Michael Greif’s uneven direction at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, starless, mis- and undercast, makes the task seem harder still.