Major disappointment. As someone said, the fact that it is YOUR story is not enough to make it compelling. There’s too much reminiscing and painstaking attention to uninteresting detail here and not enough drama or theatricality. Only intermittently funny. Scope of victory lap being taken out of whack with quality.
This is exactly why we pay good money to have our very own TEWS (Theatre Early Warning System) in the garage. Because every now and then it tells you things you cannot afford to miss.
Like: One of the funniest men on earth is back. Back in the theater, that is.
Starting June 6, Douglas Carter Beane has a new play about his life in the theatre.
Location: Lincoln Center.
Yeah, I guess that’ll have to do if he can’t find a real venue…
“SHOWS FOR DAYS is playwright Douglas Carter Beane’s fond remembrance of his immersion into a life in the theater. The comedy is set in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1973, when 14-year old Car, the play’s narrator and the author’s alter-ego, is introduced to the world of theater through his local community theatre, the Prometheus Theatre, and its devoted cast and crew which is led by Irene, an indomitable force of nature whose life is dedicated to putting on productions she directs, designs and stars in.”
Miss this – and we might have to turn you over to ISIS. And bill you for travel expenses.
Lincoln Center – Newhouse Theater
Directed by Jerry Zaks
Patti LuPone (Irene)
Dales Soules( Sid)
Michael Urie (Car)
As plugged in a previous post, two major Broadway talents who have each been off the radar recently are returning together in what is sure to be quite an event.
Douglas Carter Beane and Nathan Lane are teaming up on THE NANCE.
And it’s highly likely ye shall not want to miss this one…
If you’re a fan of New York jewels such as THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED and AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN, you may have wondered at some point over the last few years when we’d see another play by Douglas Carter Bean.
Sure, there was that little side project musical named XANADU he was involved in for a while.
But when would we get our next chance at a properly outrageous and over the top 100% Beane play?
The answer, it turns out, is in about four weeks.
Beane’s new play, THE NANCE, begins previews on March 21 at the Lyceum Theater.
According to producer Lincoln Center Theater, “THE NANCE recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers. At a time when it is easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.”
With Nathan Lane in the title role and direction by Jack O’Brien, this one sounds like a must see.
More info here.