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[left page] [[image - color photograph of Laura Linney]] The Lovely Linney Laura Linney returns to familiar territory, staring in Donald Margulies's Sight Unseen by Jerry Tallmer no, say Laura Kinney, she did not rush to pick up and reread a copy of [italic] Sight Unseen [/italic] as soon as Lynne Meadow called. Ms. Meadow, calling from New York, reached Ms. Linney in California to ask if she might play Patricia in the Manhattan Theatre Club's revival of that diamond-sharp, Obie-winning 1992 drama by Donald Margulies. "I just said: 'Yes, I do,' and that was that." Last time out, 12 years ago, Linney, in her late twenties, scored brilliantly in the role of Grete, a cool, gorgeous German TV arts commentator/inquisitor who in two brief scenes probes uncomfortably deep under the Jewish skin of much-headlined hotshot American painter Jonathan Waxman. This time out, in the play directed by Daniel Sullivan that opens at MTC's Biltmore Teatre, she is Patricia, the restless housewife on an English farm two hours from London who, back in college, was Jonathan Waxman's muse and lover. "God," says Patricia of that past, when Brooklyn-born Waxman (played by Ben Shenkman) drops in out of the blue, "when I think of all the angst, all the, what's the word, 'cirrus'?" "Tsouris." "After all the tsouris our young sould went through. Your wife should thank me . . . I laid the groundwork. I was the pioneer [end column] [vertical text in left margin of left column] ANDREW ECCLES [end vertical text] [begin right column] . . . The sacrificial [italic] shiksa. [/italic] "You're looking beautiful, Patsy," says the surprise visitor - and Donald Margulies takes it from there. May I ask, says a journalist who has been in awe of Laura Linney since her stormy teenage Nina in Jeff Cohen's way-off-off-Broadway [italic] The Seagull: The Hamptons: 1990s, [/italic] if you're ever been close friends with a painter? "No, but my father had friends who were painters." Her father is the top-drawer prolific playwright Romulus Linney, in whose work she has acted but once. "It was while I was in college [Brown University], and the play was his [italic] Childe Byron. [/italic] I was Ada Lovelace, Byron's daughter. I don't know why there hasn't been more; it just never happened. We could do it now, but when I was just out of school there was an offer [of another part in a play by Papa], and I turned it down. I decided not to do that to me - or to him." [italic] Sight Unseen, [/italic] says this golden girl of stage ([italic] Holiday, The Crucible [/italic]) and screen ([italic] Mystic River, You Can Count on Me [/italic]), is "such a wonderful complex of conflicts, things that want to be forgotten but can't be forgotten: gentile/Jew, journalist/artist, male/female, past/present, past/future, England/America . . ." [italic] Sight Unseen [/italic] may be full of things that want to be forgotten. Laura Linney, seen or unseen, is not soon to be forgotten. [symbol - P in white inside a black diamond] [/left page] [right page] [blue background] [white text] BENEATH A SUMMER SKY... [/white text] [blue text on red background] MACY [symbol-star in place of apostrophe] S [/blue text on red background] [blue text on white background] 4TH OF JULY [/blue text on white background] [blue text on red background] FIREWORKS [/blue text on red background] [white text on blue background] SUNDAY, JULY 4TH, 2004 AT 3 LOCATIONS! THE EAST RIVER MIDTOWN, THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT AND THE STATUE OF LIBERTY! [smaller white text] The nations' biggest birthday bash will dazzle and amaze, with over 120,000 bursts of color and light and breathtaking pyrotechnics from around the world! See it in person and listen to our original fireworks soundtrack on [bold] Radio Station 1010 WINS [/bold] or watch it on [bold] NBC [/bold] at [bold] 9PM. [/bold] [bold] We have a free* gift for you! [/bold] Bring this ad with your current receipt for any Macy's Herald Square purchase of $100 or more to the [bold] Visitor Center on the 34th Street Balcony [/bold] and receive a [bold] free* Macy's signature tote bag or backpack! [/bold] *Receipt must be within 5 days. One bag per person. While supplies last. [copyright symbol] 2004 Macy's East Inc. All rights reserved. [/smaller white text] [lower right corner] [symbol-red star] macy*s [/right page]
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