If there’s an actor who can do shambolic pathos better than the great Michael Gambon , he hasn’t appeared on the theater scene yet. If there’s a play better suited to exploit this quality than Samuel Beckett ’s short monologue “Krapp’s Last Tape,” now at London’s Duchess Theatre , it hasn’t surfaced on the theatrical radar either.
You’ve seen the splashy ads featuring names like Daniel Craig, Mary-Louise Parker and “Big Fish.” Now it’s time to check out the musicals, comedies and dramas vying for your attention and cash this fall. Here’s my selection of the most enticing.
Christmas shows traditionally involve a beanstalk or glass slipper, not terror, madness and destruction. When the yuletide performance is Derek Jacobi ’s monumental and soul-stirring “King Lear” in London, the baubles aren’t missed.