â€śthis happened on December 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago but it wonâ€™t when it happens to you . . .â€ťIn this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir (which Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times called â€śan indelible portrait of loss and grief . . . a haunting portrait of a four-decade-long marriage), Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play.The first theatrical production of The Year of Magical Thinking opened at the Booth Theatre on March 29, 2007, starring Vanessa Redgrave and directed by David Hare.