Carey Mulligan got noticed in a Broadway revival of The Seagull and then got Oscar-nominated for An Education.
And now she’s crazying it up in Through a Glass Darkly, an off-Broadway adaptation of Ingmar Bergman‘s 1961 film about a released mental patient spending a summer vacation with her dad, husband, and brother, while battling with the other world that keeps tugging at her psyche.
All four actors don British accents in this Swedish-island-set production (though Mulligan’s, of course, is real).
The play is also notable for a lot of horsing around — tickling and masturbation and incesty dealings — but it’s all staged a little halfheartedly, as if the director were a teeny bit ashamed of the goings-on.
I also felt that some of the acting would have benefited from either more naturalism or going the other way and doing a Brief Encounter-style fourth-wall-breaking approach filled with self-commentary.
But Mulligan avoids various traps actors fall into when portraying mental illness, and she has effective moments, especially toward the end.
By then, the glass has gotten extremely darkly.