Theater is nothing if not tradition and continuity. So to see Bernie Passeltiner return to the Loretto-Hilton in the title role in the St. Louis Rep production of Tuesdays with Morrie, knowing that Passeltiner had appeared on that same stage 41 years earlier in the company's debut production, was a more genuinely moving experience than anything the play provided. It wasn't merely his presence that was so gratifying, but rather the fact that Passeltiner was so effective in the role. Four decades later, he is an actor at the peak of his powers, a living testament to a life in the theater lived well.
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