(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 1/19; via Pam Green.)

Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage doesn’t fit the mold of a conventional heroine, or even the mold of a conventional antiheroine. But Kecia Lewis, who plays the role in the Classic Stage Company’s terrific production of “Mother Courage and Her Children,” certainly deserves some sort of badge of honor. Ms. Lewis’s commanding performance would be impressive under any circumstances, but the drama surrounding her undertaking the part makes the achievement all the more remarkable.

As theater watchers are likely to know, Ms. Lewis stepped into the production at the last minute when the star who was first cast, Tonya Pinkins, departed just two days before the originally scheduled opening, eventually citing the traditional artistic differences with her director, Brian Kulick, albeit with nontraditional rancor. When I saw the show on Saturday, Ms. Lewis had given just four performances.

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