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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”.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”