Friday, October 28, 2022

Tar - 3 1/2 Stars - THEATERS - October 14, 2022

Tar begins as a New Yorker writer interviews conductor Lydia Tar, played by Cate Blanchette.  The  introduction runs longer than expected, listing the accomplishments of a genius Conductor/Composer/Performer.  The interview begins and we quickly see Tar is a person not to be toyed with.  Cate Blanchett makes her as a high-octane dynamo, often arrogant, dismissive, cruel.  Soon we learn, as with many male musicians Lydia thinks little of grooming a younger woman as a sexual partner.  The air in Lydia's life remains rarified until a suicide changes everything.  Management offices and board room conferences follow, posing the question---where do we separate the artist from the art.  Don't expect a clear answer.  Rather, sit back and take in a stunning performance of a characters we wonder if we should admire or condemn.  Tar left me shocked and sad and exhausted.