Thursday, August 09, 2007

Metcalf Elects To Join November

Metcalf Elects To Join November

According to Variety, three-time Emmy Award-winning actress Laurie Metcalf has been confirmed to join Nathan Lane in the cast of David Mamet's November, scheduled to open on Broadway in early 2008.

Most audiences know Metcalf for her broad-humored television work as Roseanne Barr's policewoman sister Jackie on "Roseanne," as well as for her portrayal of Carolyn Bigsby on "Desperate Housewives." Yet, Metcalf first cut her teeth treading the boards.

While November will unbelievably mark just her second Broadway outing -- the first came in the short-lived 1995 production of Alexandra Gersten's My Thing Of Love -- the riveting actress has been a member of Chicago's Steppenwolf ensemble since 1976. In fact, it was in Steppenwolf's 2001 chilling production of Purple Heart that I finally had an opportunity to see this versatile actress' full dynamic range. She's a major force. Not only was I utterly mesmerized by her excellent performance, but I became a believer in the magic of Steppenwolf itself. (Incidentally, My Thing Of Love was produced by Steppenwolf.)

In November -- a play about what befalls an incumbent American president in the days leading up to the election -- Metcalf is slated to portray a presidential aide. With Joe Mantello providing direction to this work, I had already added this play to my "must see" list, but Metcalf's addition could very well have me voting early and often for this show.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Related Stories:
The Pain And The Itch Slated for New York Run (June 7, 2007)
Will Mamet Offer Hail To Nathan Lane? (May 10, 2007)
The Unmentionables (The SOB Review) (July 10, 2006)
Flashback: Best of 2002-03 (May 25, 2006)

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At 10 August, 2007, Anonymous Eric of said...

I've always loved Laurie Metcalf and was so excited to see My Thing of Love when it came to NYC. Unfortunately it was a pretty lame production, and all I really remember was sitting on the third row dogding set pieces that were flying into the audience as her character destroyed the set with a rowing oar.

She's definitely got the goods as an actress, so hopefully with this cast and Mamet's prose, she'll be showcased better this time out.

At 10 August, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Eric, Let's certainly hope so. She is an exceptional actress deserving of more.

Congratulations on your new site! Glad to see it finally came to fruition.


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