Sunday, December 19, 2004

We Want a Spectacular Spectacular

Enjoyed seeing Jon Robin Baitz' new play "The Paris Letter" this afternoon at the new Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City. It's about a successful man's unsuccessful attempt to suppress his homosexuality in New York City during the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Ron Rifkin is great in the lead role. And Neil Patrick Harris turns in a fine performance as well. (Now I know why he was hanging around this theater when I was there a month ago.)

During one of the two intermissions I spotted Bob Balaban (Gosford Park, A Mighty Wind and Best In Show).

It'll be interesting to see how this show does in New York next year. Much has been written about the difficulty so-called "straight plays" recently have had selling tickets on Broadway.

Nowadays audiences seem to want to be wowed by a musical spectacular that includes a large object coming at them from the stage (chandelier, dragon, Audrey II, flying car, helicopter, little boy who won't grow up, etc.)

I'm afraid Doogie's nude scene might not cut it.

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