Impromptu | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader
comment

An enjoyable if somewhat fanciful treatment of the events leading up to the romance between assertive George Sand (Judy Davis) and prudish Frederic Chopin (Hugh Grant) set roughly from 1836 to 1838. The story also involves such artists as Alfred de Musset (Mandy Patinkin), Franz Liszt (Julian Sands), and Eugene Delacroix (Ralph Brown), as well as Liszt's lover and Sand's friend Marie d'Agoult (Bernadette Peters) and Sand's former lover Felicien Mallefille (Georges Corraface), her children's tutor. James Lapine, best known as the director and librettist of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George and Into the Woods, fluidly directs a lively script by his wife Sarah Kernochan (Dancers), and a generous number of piano pieces by Chopin and Liszt are smoothly integrated into the story. Especially good in the cast are Davis (adept in translating Sand's boldness in dress and manner into body language) and Anna Massey as her mother. (Water Tower, Old Orchard)

Add a comment