A Little Night Music is exceptionally ravishing
By Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard 04.12.08
In London you can wait years for a great musical and then two arrive within 24 hours of each other. Hard upon Carousel comes Trevor Nunn’s dream-struck, elegantly scaled-down production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, that extraordinary words-and-music vision of the games and tricks people play when trying to break into or out of love-relations. It all happens in a mythical, far away Sweden, mostly one hot, high summer week-end on a country estate where Maureen Lipman’s ancient courtesan, who boasts of having amply pleasured royalty in her busy past, throws a party for her actress daughter, Hannah Waddingham’s Desiree, who is torn between two husbands, neither of them her own. Would-be or have-been couples, in the form of three sexual triangles, come up against that familiar, irritating obstacle to erotic pleasure — the Other Person . . .
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LOS ANGELES — As plot twists go, this one is a doozy: after an eight-year legal battle over the lease of a movie theater, the former owners of a multiplex in Aspen, Colo., now own the rights to Ingmar Bergman’s entire film library . . .