Picks and Pans Review: Orpheus Descending
updated 09/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
In the season's first Tennessee Williams dramatization featuring a top female star (ABC has Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Kathleen Turner coming up), Vanessa Redgrave is a shopkeeper in Mississippi who enters into a relationship with a brooding drifter (Kevin Anderson) in a snakeskin jacket.
It's a hallucinatory staging—spooky Kabuki meets Southern gothic—altogether too arty for the garden-variety viewer. On the bright side, if you happen upon it while zapping through the channels, there's not much chance you'll mistake it for Monday Night Football.