Christopher Plummer to Bring A WORD OR TWO to Ahmanson Theatre; Opens 1/22
Academy Award, Tony Award and Emmy Award winner Christopher Plummer takes the stage for 16 performances only in a Center Theatre Group special event, "A Word or Two," which opens at the CTG/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Written and arranged by Plummer and directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, "A Word or Two" is presented in association with the Stratford Festival of Canada and continues through February 9, 2014.
Plummer, who confesses to being "hooked on the intoxication of words," spent much of his time growing up in Montreal reading Ben Jonson, George Bernard Shaw, Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, Lord Byron, Dylan Thomas, W.H. Auden and Stephen Leacock, and others. His personal take on these literary giants forms a journey from childhood to old age.
Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called the piece "... a passionate love letter to language..." "It's a warm and highly literate tribute to the writers whose work has inspired, sustained and delighted ...," said Isherwood. "Mr. Plummer recites poetry with the ease of a man who has been hearing it singing in his head virtually every day of his life. His velvety baritone has lost little, if any, of its beauty or authority."
Richard Ouzonian of the Toronto Star said, "You don't review a show like Christopher Plummer's 'A Word or Two' . . . You simply bow gratefully, say 'Thank you, Mr. Plummer,' and urge everyone reading this to buy tickets as rapidly as possible."
Christopher Plummer has enjoyed 60 years as one of theatre's most respected actors and is a veteran of over 100 motion pictures. He began his professional career on stage and radio in both French and English in Montreal. While there, he also had the good fortune to work with the great Russian theatre guru Fyodor Komisarjevsky.
After Eva Le Gallienne gave him his New York debut (1954), he went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway and London's West End. He has won two Tony Awards - for the musical "Cyrano" and for "Barrymore" (which played to acclaim at the Ahmanson Theatre in 1998) - plus seven nominations, his latest for his King Lear (2004) and for his Clarence Darrow in "Inherit the Wind" (2007).
He is a former leading member of The Royal National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier and the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall where he won London's Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in "Becket" (1961). In 1968, sanctioned by Elizabeth II, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada (an honorary knighthood). He has also led Canada's Stratford Festival in its formative years under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and his mentor Michael Langham, and again recently under Des McAnuff's regime. He is widely recognized as one of the finest classical actors of his time.
Since Sidney Lumet introduced him to the screen in "Stage Struck" (1958), his range of notable films include "The Man Who Would be King," "Battle of Britain," "Waterloo," "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," "Twelve Monkeys" and the 1965 Oscar-winning "The Sound of Music." More recently, his films have included the Oscar-nominated "The Insider," (in the role of Mike Wallace which won him the National Critics Award), the Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind," "Must Love Dogs," "The Man in the Chair," "Syriana," "The Inside Man," the title role in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" directed by Terry Gilliam, and the highly praised animated films "Up," "9" and "My Dog Tulip." In 2010 he played the great novelist Tolstoy in "The Last Station," directed by Michael Hoffman, where he received an Academy Award nomination. He followed that up in 2011with another nomination and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in "Beginners," written and directed by Mike Mills. He also appeared in David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" that same year. In 2013 he completed "Elsa and Fred," directed by Michael Radford in which he stars opposite Shirley MacLaine, and "Imagine" opposite Al Pacino and Annette Bening from writer/director DAN FOGELMAN.