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Winter (Stage, 1999) In Claudia Allen's new drama Winter, about two elderly friends who find peace together in a drab nursing home, the venerable Julie...Winter (Stage, 1999) In Claudia Allen's new drama Winter, about two elderly friends who find peace together in a drab nursing home, the venerable Julie...1999-07-09

In Claudia Allen’s new drama Winter, about two elderly friends who find peace together in a drab nursing home, the venerable Julie Harris fairly glows with energy even as her character, Dotha, becomes increasingly feeble and ravaged with ringworm. She’s ably matched with Chicago theater veteran Mike Nussbaum as her old friend Mark, but the fine acting doesn’t completely transcend the thin story line, and Mark’s quick transition from a figure of abject despair to geezer cheerleader is jarring. B