Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Revival Of Albee's Lady From Dubuque Opens

Revival Of Albee's Lady From Dubuque Opens

Dame Maggie Smith makes her official return to the West End stage as the revival of Edward Albee's The Lady From Dubuque opens this evening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

The revival is being directed by Anthony Page, who helmed the famed revival of Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? that played both Broadway and London before embarking on its current U.S. tour (next stop for Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin is Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre, March 27-April 7).

The cast of The Lady From Dubuque includes Vivienne Benesch, Glenn Fleshler, Peter Francis James, Chris Larkin, Catherine McCormack, Jennifer Regan and Robert Sella.

While the original 1980 Broadway production closed after just a dozen performances, the early buzz on the revival from SOB's favorite London theatre blogger, West End Whingers, was favorable: "[I]t’s an existential enigma wrapped up in just under two hours of near bliss."

Will London's critics agree? We'll have a better idea come tomorrow.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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Related Stories:
Dame Maggie Smith Confirmed for London Albee Revival (August 30, 2006)
The Dame as a Lady: Maggie Smith to Return to the Stage? (June 30, 2006)

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At 21 March, 2007, Anonymous a West End Whinger said...

"favorite"? *blush*

We spell it with a "u", by the way.

Which reminds us: early results from our major research project suggests that the word "whinge" is not widely understood in the US. Please advise.

At 21 March, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Yes, well, Americans favor taking the "u" out of words like favorite.

As for "whinge," which is not a popular word here in the States, it's my understanding that it is a verb meaning given to whining. Given how you favour wining, it seems entirely apropos.


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