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Lovely review, and maybe apt for the holiday weekend (but you were probably thinking that.) The Falstaff comparison seems especially apt (after all there are contentious rumors throughout the plays that Falstaff was once indeed a big, burly knight of action before he went to seed in an entirely Noltean way. That would be a hell of a thing to watch, if you found him the right Hal. But it sounds like he got a long way towards it here.)

I once walked past Emma Thompson, talking to a friend (she not me), wearing one of those classic Russian style fur hats, pushing an old fashioned pram out of, well, Mary Poppins with her then-infant daughter as I walked towards Hampstead Heath. She looked every inch herself, and there was a brief, flint-knap fire of recognition in her eyes that someone (me) had not only recognized her but might think of violating the bubble, which she instantly drew back into an actorly poker face. I smiled only to myself, kept walking, and she turned back to her friend's conversation while wee Gaia slept on. I still remember it vividly.

Happy Thanksgiving! From all of us who are very grateful for, well, precisely what we get out of this review and everything else here, year after year.

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