he portrayed the licentious Marquis de Sade, to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, in which he plays the wicked Captain Barbossa.
But I really fell—and fell hard—for Rush when I saw him on stage two seasons ago in Exit the King. His final moment in that play is one of the most memorable things I’ve ever witnessed in a theater (click here to read my review). Now Rush is on the boards again in The Diary of a Madman, which is running at BAM’s Harvey Theatre only through March 12.
The Diary of a Madman is an adaptation of a short story by the 19th century Ukrainian writer Nikolai Gogol. It tracks the mental disintegration of a low-level government clerk named Poprishchin. But that description doesn’t even begin to tell you about the extraordinary piece of work that Rush and his collaborators, writer David Holman and director Neil Armfield, have put together.