Isherwood reviews “Hirsch” and “A Word or Two” noting that both shows “reorient our perceptions of where much of the magic really comes from, at least in the theater.” He praises both adding “Hirsch” is a “quirky, engaging biographical study of the life of the Hungarian-born director John Hirsch”.
Portman reviews “A Word or Two” and “Elektra”. “The riveting contribution of the seven-member chorus of women, in many ways the collective conscience of the play, is far removed from the type of production that gives Greek tragedy the mouldering odour of the museum case.”
“He exudes self-deprecation and self-assurance simultaneously, making each a vital component of the other….he doesn’t just recite the pieces he’s chosen, he acts them; more tactfully, but also more full-bloodedly, than actors in such circumstances usually do.”
“…it’s full of admonitions, including a deeply moving section concerning the death of Plummer’s mother, about how a love of words must be installed while young…It’s not a bad thing when an old actor can make his audience want to leave the theater and read to their kids or grandkids.”
“Starting at the start with his childhood interest in the rhyming poetry of Carroll and Kipling, Plummer later delves with purpose into the philosophical exchanges between the Devil and Don Juan in Shaw’s “Man and Superman,” giving his own take on Christianity on the way.”
“Strangely, despite the autobiographical bent, Plummer keeps a cool distance throughout the show…speaking directly and simply about his boyhood days or his mother’s death there’s an emotional barrier there and he doesn’t quite connect.”
“The late Robertson Davies used to talk with affection and insight about performers as hams. Wherever the old, fantastical man of letters is sitting now, you can be sure he is wearing a broad smile as he casts his eye on one of our greatest actors celebrating the soul of his art.”
“He performs speeches by both the devil and Don Juan from Shaw’s epic Man and Superman. While the “good” Don Juan is persuasive, Plummer is even more convincing as the devil. You come to realize, in fact, that he’s most comfortable on the dark side.”