PBS-TV’s “Act One” Is Stunning! [Berkshire on Stage]
Review by Larry Murray
Coming up soon on the PBS “Live from Lincoln Center” series is the play Act One, and it proves to be simply brilliant in its concept, execution and transition to the home theater. I can not remember another play that has survived the perilous journey from the stage to the living room with such class and élan.
It is featured as part of the 2015 PBS Arts Fall Festival and premieres on Friday (November 13) at 9pm on most PBS stations, including WMHT-TV. It runs close to two and a half hours, though they pass far too quickly.
I have seen a lot of live theatre, and theatrical productions filmed for television, but Act One is the first theatrical piece that works as well on screen as it does on stage. The actors are flawless, the script masterful, and never has a stage set worked so well on television. It is clear that enormous amounts of time and creativity were invested in making sure this play worked as well on a flat screen as it did in person in a theater, not an easy transition to pull off.