Friday, November 28, 2008

It's Raining Man

It's Raining Man

While many of you may be contempla-ting whether to join in the frenzy known as Black Friday, yours truly has been contemplating one of a different variety here in London. After much hand-wringing, I've decided to take in the new West End stage adaptation of Barry Levinson's 1988 Academy Award-winning Best Film "Rain Man" this evening.

Helmed by Terry Johnson (The Graduate) and adapted by Dan Gordon from Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass' Oscar-winning screenplay, this production stars twice-nominated Olivier Award actor and 2002 Theatre World Award winner Adam Godley opposite Josh Hartnett in his West End debut.

Now, I'm not sure what it is about Johnson directing latter-day stage incarnations of Dustin Hoffman flicks, and I'm hoping he'll spare us a stage version of "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," but I find Rain Man intriguing, if for no other reason, trying to understand how Godley and Hartnett, who bear absolutely no physical resemblance to each other whatsoever, let alone accent, can pull off the brotherly duo of Charlie and Raymond Babbitt.

Perhaps it's a possibility only a savant could contemplate.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 28 November, 2008, Anonymous said...

I like your blog.

At 29 November, 2008, Blogger Seth Christenfeld said...

Well, they look about as alike as Hoffman and Cruise did.

At 30 November, 2008, Blogger Dale said...

I was going to say what Seth said. I'm against anything that counts as a Dustin Redux since I rarely want to see anything with him the first time around but I bet it'd be an interesting character piece to see work itself out on stage.

At 04 December, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what did you think of the show steve??


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