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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer

By Heather Toner

Anyone who has ever felt the delicious satisfaction of getting engrossed in a good book, or the thrill of discovering the boundless abilities of a well-composed poem, or anyone who has studied literature, or acting, or language... Anyone of you will enjoy the new one man play from Christopher Plummer playing at the Ahmanson right now.  
A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer
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I went to see it last week after work with my go-to-theater-goer friend Caitlyn not really knowing what to expect, but feeling like, whatever the subject matter, I should seize the opportunity to see such a legendary actor on stage.  What I found was a thoroughly enjoyable 90 minute show, beautifully performed, that awakened my own love of words.... Back in college, I had so much time for words, and I poured myself into them - Finding a sort of salvation in reading and writing.  And lately, it's funny how little time I give myself to indulge in that pleasure.  This show gave me pause.  

Christopher Plummer's own love of language takes us through a brief history of his life, as he shares the books, and stories, poems and plays that served as the framework for his stages of manhood.  He manages to bring his story full circle, from first reading "Alice in Wonderland" as a boy, through playing "Hamlet" onstage, to understanding the older perspective of Robert Frost's "Birches," to sharing his own fear of the fate that awaits us all.  
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But beyond Plummer's own personal accounts with literature, the heart of the production is how it shines a light on the collective understanding great words and great literature provides.  We all have our experiences with it.  That's what makes art so powerful - We all relate to it in our own ways, throughout our own life stories.... This is one expression of art that I'd recommend to anyone who was ever once "a swinger of birches."  

 A Word or Two | The Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center | Jan. 19 - Feb. 9 | Tickets



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