THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA
by David Finkle, Sep 30, 2002
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Proving that not only one set of actors is right for the play, Sally Field and Bill Irwin are now enlivening Edward Albee's Tony-award-winning The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
Bill Irwin, under David Esbjornson's fraught direction, stands toe to toe with Field -- often literally. In his previous work, Irwin has frequently allowed himself to be too twee for endurance (e.g., when indulging himself in Samuel Beckett's Texts for Nothing). Portraying Albee's conflicted character, he cuts all of that out. Here is a man anguished by a romantic obsession, and Irwin -- with his barely finished face and supple, mime's body -- gets it all.
Photo: Carol Rosegg