Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The past haunts the present in 'Saturn Returns' as it opens in New York

NEW YORK - It's not easy facing the future while being haunted by the past, especially if you're nearly 90 and alone.

Such are the prospects for the final days of a retired radiologist named Gustin.

He's contemplating what has gone before in "Saturn Returns," Noah Haidle's appealing memory play, now on view at Lincoln Centre's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre.

At barely 80 minutes, Haidle's tale is really more of a dramatic vignette, but it artfully covers a lot of territory in its intertwining of three stories about the same man, at three 30-year intervals in his life - ages 28, 58 and 88.

Each one deals with a different woman, all portrayed by the same actress, a terrific chameleon named Rosie Benton.

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