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The Best of Friends (1991)

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Adapted from their letters and journals, this is a portrayal of the unique 25-year friendship shared by Dame Laurentia McLachlan (Benedictine nun), Sir Sydney Cockerell (museum curator), ... See full summary »

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Adapted from their letters and journals, this is a portrayal of the unique 25-year friendship shared by Dame Laurentia McLachlan (Benedictine nun), Sir Sydney Cockerell (museum curator), and George Bernard Shaw (playwright/critic). Written by Kathy Li

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Superb play
25 November 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

One of those rare little gems that is a magical confluence of a superb script, skilled theatrical actors and faultless direction. A one of a kind hour.

It is based on the extraordinary correspondence exchanged between three well-known people. G.B. Shaw, the Irish playwright and avowed atheist, Dame Laurentia McLachlan, a Dominican abbess, illustrator and Gregorian chant master and Sydney Cockerell, a well-known curator.

The actors inhabit the characters and even though advanced in years and with extensive lines to memorize, manage to convey the warmth and idiosyncrasies behind each individual.

Some regret the death of the great letter-writing era as exemplified by this play. I think we may have re-invented it with e-mails and texting. A debatable point!

This play is not to be missed. It is truly exceptional.

Dame Wendy Hiller and Sir John Gielgud, we'll ne'er see your like again!

9 out of 10.


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