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Critic's Notebook: British and American actors square off in tight Tony Award race

May 21, 2011 |  8:00 am

Al pacino Advertisers would have us believe that the world is divided between Mac and PC users. But the world of acting is still split along lines that go back half a century to two titans, Laurence Olivier and Marlon Brando

British technical polish versus American Method is one way of describing the schism. Cross-pollination in theater, movies and TV would seem to have rendered all this obsolete. But as this year’s competitive Tony race for best lead actor in a play reveals, old traditions die hard.

To read my critic’s notebook on the subject of the U.S.-U.K .acting divide as played out this season on Broadway, click here.

--Charles McNulty\charlesmcnulty


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Photos: Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice." Credit: Joan Marcus / The Public Theater