In Anderson we have a throwback to theatrical storytelling that's at least as old as the troubadours and Beowulf. What, after all, is she doing when she sits at that settee and tells us a story while bowing a simple plaintive melody on her violin? She's also completely up to the minute in terms of technology. The graceful way she moves about the stage and reacts to the screen images or even presides over a music stand, manipulating sounds, delivering text — all show a complete, and completely satisfying, sense of stage craft. We often hear about theater as "ritual," a reflection of its source in communal rites. But more often than not, theater ritual means routine. Anderson really delivers. When she offered a short violin encore, she came forward to the apron of the stage and looked directly at the audience. For the first time, she was stepping out of character — even though she had been no one but herself all evening. Then a smile and a wave — a benediction.

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