Carey Mulligan Hits Off-Broadway! My Review

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Carey Mulligan got noticed in a Broadway revival of The Seagull and then got Oscar-nominated for An Education.

And now she's crazying it up in Through a Glass Darkly, an off-Broadway adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's 1961 film about a released mental patient spending a summer vacation with her dad, husband, and brother, while battling with the other world that keeps tugging at her psyche.

All four actors don British accents in this Swedish-island-set production (though Mulligan's, of course, is real).

The play is also notable for a lot of horsing around -- tickling and masturbation and incesty dealings -- but it's all staged a little halfheartedly, as if the director were a teeny bit ashamed of the goings-on.

I also felt that some of the acting would have benefited from either more naturalism or going the other way and doing a Brief Encounter-style fourth-wall-breaking approach filled with self-commentary.

But Mulligan avoids various traps actors fall into when portraying mental illness, and she has effective moments, especially toward the end.

By then, the glass has gotten extremely darkly.

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The NY Times went into rapture over her performance, but wasn't ecstatic about the play. It sounds like a really bleak night out. I prefer Sister Act, lol.


I loved her in An Education. Not so much in her other films, like Wall Street 2. But I want to see this. It sounds weird enough for me.


I thought she was awfully good in the underrated Never Let Me Go (though the book was much better than the film).