"Finding My Grandmother" by Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave Reads from "Nightingale
"A Triple Triumph" -- John Simon,
"Lynn Redgrave spins a tale that moves through the generations of
her royal family of actors but centers on the life of her
grandmother, Beatrice Kempson. Kempson, beautifully evoked
by Redgrave under the direction of Joseph Hardy, was a prudish
snob, raised in Victorian England, who married the wrong man for
the wrong reasons, showed little or not affection for two of her
three children, and died in love with a man she barely knew.
The variety of English accents alone that Redgrave employs during
this slightly overlong one-woman show would be enough to impress
and delight, but it's the seamless way she morphs from being her
grandmother, stunned by bitterness, to herself, amused by her own
good fortune and chastened by the looming spectre of death, that
makes this show unusual and worthwhile." -- The New
Redgrave Uncorsets a Relative Long Gone.
by Charles Isherwood.
Lynn Redgrave's loss is audience's gain in Nightingale.
Review by Lind Winer, Newsday
Lynn Redgrave takes flight as a solitary Nightingale.
Review by Michael Sommers, New Jersey Newsroom
"A desk, a chair, an open script, an actress with a story to tell
and a passion to be heard -- that's all it takes for Lynn Redgrave
to hold us in the palm of her hand for another of her searching
one-woman plays about her famous family."
Review by Marilyn Stasio, Variety
Photos in Playbill
L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award Winner
Best Solo Performance
RAY STRICKLYN MEMORIAL AWARD FOR SOLO PERFORMANCE
"It is her skill as a performer that allows Ms. Redgrave to
hold the stage for 90 minutes in the same elegantly cut
slacks and classic jacket and make us believe that decades
are rolling by. By the end, the alchemy of her acting has
turned the natty jacket into a worn old cardigan." —
The New York Times
"With her faultless delivery,
crystal-clear enunciation and underplayed relationship with the
audience, Redgrave brings us into a very special world, compounded
equally of the English stage and the English aristocracy."
— Laurence Vittes,
"Beautifully written and performed"
— Terri Roberts,
"Redgrave’s delightful solo show begins in
[a] graveyard, where she masterfully creates a tragic-comical story"
— Lovell Estell III,
"This bitter-sweet birdsong deserves to be
heard by all." -- Andrew Wilson,
The Independent Sunday
Photos from Opening Performance
L.A. Downtown News
Working from Memory
Voice in the Dark
Perches in L.A. (Playbill)
Nightingale is Lynn
Redgrave’s third play. She is also the author of
For My Father (which traces her relationship with her father,
the late Michael Redgrave) and The Mandrake Root
(loosely based on her mother, actress Rachel Kempson).