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Born to the Stage

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A lifetime of memories. Detroit, 1975: Lynn Redgrave is on tour, costarring with George Rose and John Lithgow in the wicked comedy My Fat Friend. The Detroit audience doesn't get it at all, but Redgrave and her costars persevere and deliver an evening of supreme, not-to-be-forgotten style and élan. A year later she is at New York's Lincoln Center, costarring with Ruth Gordon in George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession. A friend in the cast tells me, "Ruth Gordon speaks to no one but God and Lynn Redgrave. But Lynn is just another member of the company, totally accessible and a delight to work with." In 1991 Redgrave appears on CBS with her sister Vanessa in a remake of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? "The set is bedlam," the publicist privately reports, "but Lynn Redgrave is so nice!" Born to theater royalty, the daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, she might have spent her life looking down; instead, she has gone out of her way to forge countless friends. Doubtless she'll make a few more when she appears tonight at a fundraiser for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in "An Evening with Lynn Redgrave." Considering that her one-person show Shakespeare for My Father was the best of its kind in years, this appearance has all the earmarks of something special. Redgrave performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-531-9800 or www.sfstl.com). Tickets are $200 and $150, but some student tickets are available for $30.
Sat., March 29, 2008

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