Monday, August 20, 2007

Lithgow Avoids Being Tasered By "Anti-American Stun Gun"

Lithgow Avoids Being Tasered By "Anti-American Stun Gun"

Yesterday's entertainment and arts section of London's venerable Sunday Times included a fascinating story on five-time Tony nominee and two-time winner John Lithgow, entitled "The Accidental American."

In it, Jasper Rees rightly applauds the thespian's far-reaching credentials, but snidely sniffs: "Following the example of almost every big theatre in London, the RSC has the star of a popular American sitcom leading the cast of its latest Twelfth Night," a show that will be presented in repertory at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon beginning on August 30.

Yes, Mr. Rees, having had several opportunities to see Mr. Lithgow perform, I quite agree that he is an exceptionally gifted stage actor. But thanks to the magic of a little entity called the Internet, even those of us on the other side of the pond are quite capable of reading your anti-American-tinged bilge.

Here's to John Lithgow and a successful run.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 21 August, 2007, Blogger Jasper said...

Hi Steve, Thanks to the wonders of Google Alert I read your response to my interview with interest. There was no anti-Americanism implied in my interview with John Lithgow. I was pointing to the fact that some critics - the ones with the stun guns - have a kneejerk antipathy to the casting of US TV stars in commercial London theatre. Rightly or wrongly.


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

Jasper, You have to love Google! Thanks for taking the time to comment and clarifying.

As an American, I fully realize that we have more than our share of problems, but with over 300 million of us, we can't all be bad.

Like you, none of us on this side of the pond wants to be damned with one broad brushstroke.



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