Mark Rylance, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Cynthia Nixon, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, POWERFULLY CONFRONTING THEIR DEMONS AND FACING THEIR DEMISE! Article by Sharon Abella

February 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

As “One World Cinema” is primarily a site dedicated to film, I rarely write about Broadway and Shaftesbury,  however, as I’ve recently seen some EXTREMELY POWERFUL  performances by  Image

Mark Rylance in “Jerusalem,”

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Kevin Spacey as “King Richard III,”

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Samuel L. Jackson as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Angela Bassett in “The Mountaintop,”

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Cynthia Nixon as Dr. Vivian Bearing in “Wit,”

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and now Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman in

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Mike Nichols directed, “Death of a Salesman,” I felt compelled to write.

The one thing that ALL of these characters (Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in Jerusalem, King Richard III,  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  Dr. Vivian Bearing,  and Willy Loman), have in common is that they are confronting their demons and facing their demise!

Each one of us is reminded of our own imperfections through tough love relationships, and can be humbled in an instant by an eviction, addiction, war, a bullet, Stage IV cancer diagnosis, or loss of job leading to suicide. With the threat of World War III on the brink, I often wonder how much longer it will be until the entire world self-destructs. I decided to remind us of the ego and defense mechanisms.

There are no words to express how incredible Mark Rylance, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Cynthia Nixon, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, all are/were at becoming their character, executing their lines with extreme precision, and demonstrating stamina day in and day out.   Thank you for giving us GREAT entertainment!

Article by Sharon Abella

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