It always is a thrill to watch the great Vanessa Redgrave apply her personal witchcraft to a play, no matter what its quality as drama.
An otherwise so-so character study, â€śThe Revisionistâ€ť allows Redgrave to bring an elderly Polish woman vividly to life and she does so with abundant charm and artistry.
Whatâ€™s more, the audience gets to see Redgrave do it up close and personal because the Cherry Lane Theater, where the new play premiered on Thursday, holds only 180 seats.
Redgrave co-stars with Jesse Eisenberg, who also wrote this 100-minute drama that unfolds in a small, cluttered apartment in a port city in Poland. That is where Maria (Redgrave) hosts David (Eisenberg), a distant cousin from America. Maria lost virtually all of her European family in the Holocaust when she was a girl, so she is eager to spend time with David.