Pain and wisdom in Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking
Kate Dobbs Ariail
April 28, 2011 at 5:44PM
The Year of Magical Thinking4 starsPRC2; UNC Center for Dramatic Art@Kenan TheatreThrough May 1
Joan Didion adapted her own blistering, caressing memoir of a year of loss and mourning, so the zing of her language is not lost in the one-woman staged version of The Year of Magical Thinking, on view at PlayMakers through Sunday, May 1. The sentences run a little shorter, the vortex-like circularity of the literary structure is less evident, but in the hands of fine actress Ellen McLaughlin, Didion’s excruciatingly refined sensibility comes through, along with her remembered pain described and the wisdom it seared into her.