…Above all, Craig has written the kind of phenomenal role that you pray that an actress of Sara Kestelman’s unflagging calibre will come by at the summit of her career. She excels at characters who have been seared by a terrible past but who don’t give an inch of ground by succumbing to a speck of self-promoting sentimentality – characters whose “cruel to be kind’ approach displays a terrible moral authority and entitlement.
She can be as slyly funny as any actress alive. Her last London engagement was at Hampstead in Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scripture, in which she drew the most appreciative laughter of the evening as the protagonist’s provokingly serene sister who has covered the ideological and spiritual waterfront – Catholic nun; Maoist; Shining Path follower in Peru; you name it. If one of Saki’s cats were to develop the weird ability to miaow its way through an over-stoic version of “I’m Still Here”, the effect would not drive one up the wall with more, erm, feline mischief.
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