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Published on Jul 2, 2010
by Herbert Mitgang
(1981) President Abraham Lincoln brought back to life on the very stage that witnessed the end of the man and the beginning of an American legend. Watch and understand both as never before. "Moments like these are priceless, and responsible programs like 'Mister Lincoln' provide the valuable service of helping us remember them forever." ~David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The one man bringing this sometimes enigmatic, always fascinating figure to theatrical life is Roy Dotrice. A specialist in solo performances, most notably as the 17th-century English writer John Aubrey in 'Brief Lives,' Mr. Dotrice is British, a fact that disturbs some American critics. There's no cause for alarm. Mr. Dotrice gives an eloquent performance, creating a Lincoln who is at once vulnerable and awesome. He manages to make the Gettysburg Address sound as if it were written yesterday. Ford's Theater, of course, is the site of Lincoln's assassination. When Mr. Dotrice turns during his curtain calls and bows to the empty box where the President once sat, the sense of historical continuity and national loss is profoundly felt. ''Mister Lincoln'' also marks the debut on public television of the long-running ''Hallmark Hall of Fame'' series. George C. Scott is the host." ~John J. O'Connor, NYTimes .