By ANITA GATES in The New York Times, April 22, 2009
Joan Didion pic left by Peter Foley
“Recently I was driving up past Hartford — I had to go to Dartmouth — and all those memories kept flooding back,” she said.
So it is significant that Ms. Didion’s play, “The Year of Magical Thinking,” is currently being performed at TheaterWorks, in her husband’s hometown. As her many fans know, the play, like the book on which it is based, is about Mr. Dunne’s death of a heart attack in December 2003 and Ms. Didion’s emotional “process,” as the therapists say, in the year that followed. The play, a one-woman show, covers a period longer than the book does, extending the action to 2005, when Quintana, Ms. Didion and Mr. Dunne’s only child, died at 39 after a series of lingering, sometimes mysterious illnesses.