This is a brilliant play and while Cynthia Nixon was competent in the role, I felt as if something were lacking. After discussing with friends we came up with gravitas for lack of a better word. Vivian Bearing uses her fierce intelligence as a shield and a weapon, and somehow the weapon part seemed lacking. Nixon lacks the precise iciness that is usually associated with the role. It's still a touching play with some brilliant use of language, but this production seems a little flat. I was happy to see that the New Yorker reviewer agreed with me. I think that was a very accurate review. Sometimes I wonder if the reviewer and I saw the same play, but not this time.
Beautiful play. Great ensemble. Bravo, brava!