Imagine the intense pressure and the colossally high risk of failure in the conception and execution of the one-man play. It's just you, the lone actor, out there, facing the terrifying vision -- the vertiginous free fall -- of a large audience with nothing to distract it from focusing on anything but you and your potential flubs. Yikes. The entire prospect demands nothing less than an actor of rare nerve and ability, one such as Ed Asner. In his drama FDR, Asner has perfected his long tenure in his art and earned a berth for himself in the same solo-actor pantheon that includes Hal Holbrook's classic portrayal of Mark Twain. Witness the veteran actor's acclaimed turn as Franklin Delano Roosevelt at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Edison Theatre on the Washington University campus (6445 Forsyth Boulevard). The performance is a benefit for the New Jewish Theatre, and tickets are $50 to $150. For more information call 314-442-3283 or visit www.newjewishtheatre.org.
Sun., April 27, 7 p.m., 2014