Age doesn’t suit many people. And even among those who were known in their youth for their beauty, to find a person whose sincere inner charm is exposed by the passing of time is quite difficult. Even more so among actors in the theatre world, where we ourselves put such a high price on everything external.
Mark Isaakovich Prudkin has worked at MXAT for nearly sixty years, and his fate as an actor is an example of the triumph of that artistic school which always brought the energy of the human soul to life (in both actor and audience), and always placed internal substance and spirit above the flashy effects.
In Prudkin, lightness on stage didn’t fade with time, but underwent an internal modification. It was as though it swelled with a new substance, and didn’t weigh down the type of play, but rather illuminated it in a different light. Which light, exactly? Many different ones, because Prudkin really came into his own – which is to say, he became an actor of internal character, scrupulous and exacting. He found a new artistic sight and a new depth.