Sister Vanessa Redgrave was there for previews, as were Lynn’s nieces Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”) and Natasha Richardson (Mrs. Liam Neeson). Because they couldn’t make it for Sunday’s (Oct.15) Mark Taper Theater official opening of Lynn Redgrave in “Nightingale.”
It’s Lynn’s one-woman show about another relative, the Redgraves’ maternal grandmother Beatrice Kempson.
“It’s sort of about my grandmother — it’s fictional,” Lynn tells me. “I didn’t know her — I knew what my mother told me about her. She died in the ’60s and was buried in England but information on her gravestone had been eradicated by the elements.”
This is Lynn’s 44th year on the stage and she tells me, “This is the best experience I’ve ever had with a director.” He is Joseph Hardy, who first directed Lynn — and Brian Dennehy — in TV’s “The Seduction of Miss Leona” in 1979.
Performances of “Nightingale” continue through Nov.19 after which she hopes to take it to B’way in the spring. If that happens Lynn and Vanessa will both be on B’way at the same time — Vanessa in a Joan Didion solo piece “The Year of Magical Thinking.” And if both are nominated for a Tony, it would be a repeat of what happened in Hollywood when both were nominated for Oscars — Vanessa for “Morgan!” and Lynn for “Georgy Girl.” But Elizabeth Taylor won for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”