Monday, April 11, 2016

“Phylicia Rashad began preparing for her role by...



"Phylicia Rashad began preparing for her role by declaring, "I'm going to empty myself." Her quest to play a tragic heroine has led her to the @publictheaterny where, night after night, she's giving a blistering performance in "Head of Passes." The 67-year-old actress "will be hard pressed to ever again top her work here," the @nytimes critic Ben Brantley wrote. He added, "It hurts to look into Ms. Rashad's eyes at the play's end." Phylicia plays a Job-like woman named Shelah whose deep Christian faith is challenged by a series of devastating losses. Her performance has stunned audiences; she seems to shatter, physically and emotionally. Even for someone as loved and honored as Phylicia — she became famous playing Clair Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," and then won a Tony Award for "A Raisin in the Sun" — the role is a rare treasure, and she is savoring it. The photographer @edeani photographed #PhyliciaRashad at @publictheaterny." By nytimes on Instagram.



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