By Gail Burns and Larry Murray. For the Berkshire-Capital region’s most comprehensive listing of theatre offerings visit GailSez.org.
Gail Burns: This is your first time at a Wharton Salon, now do you understand why it sells out at most performances, and why it is so exciting theatrically?
Larry Murray: Yes, and more than that, the biggest benefit is that I understand Edith Wharton (1862-1937) a whole lot better than I did before. I think Dennis Krausnick’s adaptation of Wharton’s autobiography A Backward Glance gave me a far greater understanding of the writer from her earliest years to old age. Incorporating a few of her poems and letters gave us insights into her Inner House which was substantial.
Gail: I have read A Backward Glance and a biography of Wharton, and Krausnick has done an excellent job of telescoping a long and full life into 75 minutes of theatre. The Inner House is an accurate portrait of Wharton.
Larry: Tod Randolph took a spill last week, but proved to be the trouper.
Gail: She is indeed! Although we had been warned that she might perform seated much of the time I throught she moved naturally, even sitting on the floor and rising again. Her obvious injury was on the left side of her face, although much had been done with make-up and bandages to normalize her appearance. Luckily Arthur Oliver has costumed her in the fashion of the turn of the 20th century, so she is covered from chin to toe to wrist and any other injuries are well hidden. Of course we saw her very soon after her fall. Time will work its healing magic.