I'm relieved to finally see someone say what I've been thinking about this show. Saw it on Broadway with Vanessa Redgrave with high expectations. I came away feeling irritated, and that only got worse after I left that matinee to see an evening performance of "Journey's End". The juxtaposition of those 2 pieces really put "Magical" in perspective. Certainly, I empathize with Ms. Didion's loss of her family. It just didn't make good theatre. I kept waiting for her to say something about anything. All we got was how difficult it is to accept a loss. That, and a minute by minute account of everything she did Also, a quick lesson in how the rich really ain't like you and me. When her daughter fell ill in Los Angeles, Ms. Didion couldn't bear the constant reminders of her past life there. So she puts her daughter on a private medical jet with a private medical team and whisks her back to New York. Though she and her family also had a life in that city (not to mention her husband died there), the ghosts were apparently easier to bear than in California. She mentions a nurse changing a drip bag that costs $20,000. She mentions Prada, Patagonia, and Tiffany's. Labels. Name dropping. I wish that, when I had to care for my parents through their final illnesses and deaths, that I could have been left to meander through my grief as Ms. Didion did. Once again - I don't mean to minimize her grief. I just can't identify with it. Trying to balance home care, keep my job afloat, wondering how I was going to pay for things, dealing with my parents' anger at their illnesses and mortality. My experience with death and grief was a lot more complicated than anything I saw on that stage. I saw this again only because it was part of my Rep subscription and I had hoped I would find something in it that I missed in New York. Sadly, there's nothing there.