Still, the two-hour-plus show could stand to shift down or up from cruising speed a little more often. While the problem is largely that the script is set to keep the pace as true to a real-time encounter, Price could still rev up some of the shifts between reveries and phone conversations, and streamline the pauses when Feynman tells us or someone on the phone to "hang on" while he roots around for something on his desk.
But overall, QED is a gratifying gift of time listening in on the thoughts of a man who's full not just of figures, but of love for the world in all its minute complexities. In his warm and irresistible Feynman, Price movingly illustrates how that love, that boundless curiosity for the world — throat-singing and nude models as well as photons and gluons — is the source of his brilliance.
Megan Grumbling can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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