February 16, 2011By Naomi Rabinowitz Posted: Feb 16, 2011
Though Beth Maitland (Traci) only appears on Y&R every so often, I really enjoy her performances. She's wonderful at delivering big, emotional scenes like Colleen's death, but what makes her such a great actress is that she's able to bring her all even in smaller moments. For this reason, I was very moved by Traci's talk with Lily in yesterday's episode. Lily, who'd just lost her husband, Cane, confided in Traci that she feared that over time she'd forget about all the little details that made up her late spouse. Traci, having gone through her own loss, understood, but reasoned that while Lily's vision of Cane may not be as clear, her overall memories of him would be beautiful in a new way. Throughout the exchange, Maitland delivered her lines in soft, calming tones meant to soothe Lily, but at the same time, her speech wasn't patronizing. And though she was grieving along with Lily for Cane — and Colleen — she didn't illustrate her sadness with loud sobs or a lot of tears. Instead, Maitland showed how her character was feeling in more subtle ways; her voice briefly caught in her throat, she paused for a second to find the right words. Overall, I thought that Cane's memorial was well written and was a realistic portrayal of a family in mourning. However, it was Maitland's acting that brought a tear to my eye.