The pleasure of watching great actors at work can almost overwhelm the play itself, as Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart demonstrate in a new staging of Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land” at Berkeley Rep in California.
At the beginning, Renee Fleming’s career shot up in a vertical line. At this stage, the soprano said during a lunch, it’s broadening out horizontally. She demonstrated with a graceful wave of her arms.
The brainchild of producers Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, PBS’s “The Hollow Crown” makes inspired use of Britain’s top-rung stage directors and actors to present a mostly splendid miniseries of four connected Shakespeare jewels.
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.