Author Joan Didion has always walked the line between first-person journalism and soul-scraping memoir writing in her essays. She chronicled a late-60s nervous breakdown in The White Album
as well as covering everything from Cuban refugees to Patty Hearst. But for her 2005 book The Year of Magical Thinking
, Didion took readers through a Job-like stretch of tribulation. Right before her husband, writer and critic John Gregory Dunne, died of a heart attack, their daughter Quintana slipped into septic shock following a bout of pneumonia. Didions narratives on grief have been turned into a one-woman play of the same name for the Repertory Theatres Studio Theatre series, featuring Fontaine Syer in the lead role. The Year of Magical Thinking
opens at 8 p.m Wednesday, January 12, at the Emerson Studio Theatre in the Loretto-Hilton Center(130 Edgar Road; 314-968-4925 or www.repstl.org
) and runs Tuesday through Sunday through January 30. Tickets are $44 to $56.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 12. Continues through Jan. 30, 2011