I recently went to New York and I saw several plays as well as Betty Buckley in a terrific cabaret act. Here are some highlights from the trip:
1.) Time Stands Still: This play starred Laura Linney. She is one of my favorite screen actresses and she did not disappoint in this production. Overall, I would give this production an A+. In addition to Linney, it also starred Alicia Silverstone of Clueless fame as well as Brian D’arcy James and Eric Bogosian. Silverstone was quite a capable stage actress and she is an excellent foil to Linney. The plot concerns how Linney (a war photographer) and D’arcy James (her boyfriend of eight years) reassemble their lives as Linney recovers from a tragic accident. Bogosian’s is Linney’s editor and Silverstone is Bogosian’s girlfriend. The play essentially deals with how couples work to make one another happy in trying circumstances. IT IS AMAZING!
2.) A View from the Bridge: This play starred Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber. Overall, I would give this play a solid B+. Scarleett Johansson proved herself to be a very effective stage actress. She blended into the ensemble of the show adeptly. The play closes April 4th due to Scarlett’s schedule so if you want to see it, obtain tickets soon! See the NY Times review for a good overview.
3.) A Behanding in Spokane: This play is a dark comedy starring Christopher Walken. Essentially, this play is a politically incorrect, black comedy that depicts the desperateness of humanity. The play received mixed reviews, but I give it a solid A-. This review in the Wall Street Journal gets it right.
Oh – and you might be saying – who is Betty Buckley (the woman I mentioned in my first sentence I above)? Well, her cabaret is closed, but you can enjoy this clip below that illustrates her majesty: