January 17, 2017

Carey Mulligan scores raves for “Darkly” stage play


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Before audiences will be able to see her in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) has taken to the stage for an production of “Through a Glass Darkly,” and the reviews so far are spectacular.

A stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1961 film, “Darkly” casts Mulligan as a schizophrenic young girl on vacation with her family who’s slowly going insane.

In the N.Y. Times, Ben Brantley spoke of Mulligan’s captivating performance, writing that the 26-year-old actress “more than confirms her promise as one of the finest actresses of her generation.”

The Hollywood Reporter also sings Mulligan’s praises, saying “the play belongs to Mulligan’s [character]. … The performance is volatile yet restrained, poignantly underscored by a hopeless yearning to recreate the perfect family that exists only in her head.”

If you are in New York, but “Darkly” on your calendar. It’s playing the New York Theatre Workshop through July 3, and co-stars Chris Sarandon, Jason Butler and Ben Rosenfeld.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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