(Steven McElroy’s article appeared in The New York Times, 11/28; via Pam Green.)

At 80, Richard Chamberlain isn’t so great with stairs these days, though in some ways he seems downright boyish, with a palpable aura of enthusiasm and a habit of tapping both hands on a tabletop when he lands on a topic that moves him.

One recent night, he and his friend Jan Maxwell, whom he met in the 1998 Broadway revival of “The Sound of Music,” stepped into the elevator at the Signature Theater Company. He had just finished performing in “Sticks and Bones,” the 1971 play by David Rabe, currently being produced Off Broadway (through Dec. 14) by The New Group. Mr. Chamberlain has only about 20 minutes of stage time, but it’s long enough to make a strong impact — in his New York Times review, Ben Brantley noted Mr. Chamberlain’s “wonderfully unctuous performance.”


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