THE ANARCHIST to Close on Broadway December 16

ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
Thanks!
#sadandtransparent
THDavis
Leading Actor
joined:10/31/08
I just want to see Patti star in a new musical that's not a complete doozy. Slap a talented name in a supporting role and get this show on the road!
goldenboy
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/05
Its funny that Virginia Woolf has a smaller weekly gross than Anarchist with 4 actors but that goes on, while Anarchist get the plug pulled with two actors. I don't get it.
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
The Anarchist probably had a terrible advance, and then lost any chance of potentially growing its advance with its horrible reviews and word of mouth. The producers decided to cut their losses.

Virginia Woolf may have better advances, it may cost less due to having four actors that aren't big names, it has critical pedigree and award potential.

Which would you bet on?
Patti LuPone FANatic
Broadway Legend
joined:3/4/06
I read in another thread that Debra Winger was out for a performance. Who goes on for her/Patti when either ladies are absent? from RC in Austin, Texas (a blue lake in a sea of red).
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Probably a cardboard cutout of Winger with a tape recorder attached to it saying her lines. Nobody in the audience would even notice.
Rainbowhigh23
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/12
Hi RC! The understudy is Gordana Rashovich. But a cardboard cutout would have sufficed.
Knowitall
Chorus Member
joined:11/14/12
Debra has not missed any performance.
PianoMann
Leading Actor
joined:5/12/11
Quick question: is The Anarchist still offering rush? I am thinking of going on Wednesday for the matinee, but I no longer see it listed on the Playbill list of rush policies. Also, has anyone rushed recently, or at all? If so, how was it? I assume I'll have no trouble getting a ticket.... unless they're only offering a limited number of student rush tickets!
Borstalboy
Broadway Legend
joined:2/9/04
Quick question for those who saw the show. Do you think, as Feingold suggests, that the play would have been more effective if done in a more intimate setting than Broadway? Could the small theaters of off-off Broadway make this into something interesting? Why or why not?
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
goldenboy
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/05
Patti LuPone as SOME selling power; otherwise this two person show would not have grossed 300,000 plus every week. Compare these grosses to other plays and even Scandalous. They are not bad grosses. In fact, with 300,00) plus per week, They are more than Virginia Woolf. If I were the producer, I would give the play a chance to run--their nut can't be that big with only 2 actors in the cast

She just doesn't have the selling power of a Pacino or a Streep.

Updated On: 12/10/12 at 03:29 PM
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/04
I caught this tonight and my thoughts pretty much echo what everyone else said. It's a really, really interesting premise but...that's really about it. Everything that happened in this show could and should have been one thirty minute scene in a larger, more fleshed out play. I usually enjoy Mamet's plays (though his recent works have ranged from uninspired to just flat out bad) but this ranks close to the bottom of his catalogue. All I kept thinking was "who the hell speaks like this...?" He seems to use big words just for the sake of using big words and his verbiage is so over-wrought and too flashy for its own good. If he made the language in the show more concise, then maybe he could have spent more time developing the themes, characters, relationship, and general "plot." Jordan hit the nail on the head when he said this plays like a high school playwriting class project.

LuPone is very solid, at times almost mesmerizing in a part that is so wildly underdeveloped. But Winger seems to be phoning it in and in over her head. She stumbled on her lines and the one or two times she stepped out of her monotone line delivery to put any sort of urgency or power behind her line readings, she was almost embarrassingly bad.

It was one of those shows that you forget you saw as you're watching it. It practically evaporates before your eyes.

I saw DEAD ACCOUNTS this weekend as well and have decided someone needs to have an intervention with Mamet and Rebeck. They both seem to come out with at least one (bad) new show a season instead of taking the time to develop and polish one piece, so that it's actually ... good and worthy of being produced on Broadway. Granted, Mamet is infinitely more talented than Rebeck, but I digress.
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Updated On: 12/11/12 at 11:11 PM
frogs_fan85
Broadway Legend
joined:12/3/05
As far as I'm concerned Mamet wrote half a play and Rebeck wrote two-thirds of one and each called it a day.
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/04
^ Exactly.
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bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
It's really depressing to think that Grace has been the best new play of the season so far (not counting The Performers which shuttered so quickly and The Other Place which just began last night). It's been a rough fall for new material.
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/04
This entire season has been an overall disappointment to me, thus far. The only Broadway play I saw that I believe is truly worth rushing to see is a revival that is barely filling the house to 60% weekly (...VIRGINIA WOOLF?) and my favorite musical thus far is a limited engagement for the holidays (A CHRISTMAS STORY).

Other than that...blech. Hopefully the spring is better!
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Tom5
Understudy
joined:9/23/11
I could never trash Mamet. Was too good for too long and not just plays. For example, he easily gave Paul Newman and Don Ameche their best late career film roles.
But truth is based on the premise of this play the only way I would have purchased a ticket for it was if the two leads were Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett and it included an extended prison shower scene.
nasty_khakis
Broadway Star
joined:3/15/07
I can almost guarentee you that the Virginia Woolfe cast isn't getting near the salary/perks as Lupone and Winger. Patti is notorious for demanding her "comforts" during a run. Things like an apartment in the city, car services, possible gross points, etc on top of a star salary really add up. Don't get me wrong, she's not the most demanding diva ever and all of these things are fairly common-place, but Tracy/Amy ain't getting near the levels of Lupone.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Patti doesn't already have a place in the city?
nasty_khakis
Broadway Star
joined:3/15/07
She may very well now, but I know it was in her contract for "Gypsy" that they show paid for a two bedroom furnished apartment for nights she doesn't want to commute back to Connecticut. It was talked about in an article that came out the week it closed. I'll see if I can find it later tonight.
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
It is a sad, sad day when GRACE is the current best new play. Though I think THE OTHER PLACE will make it topple. God, GRACE was excruciating. I might have even preferred THE ANARCHIST to it, believe it or not...

If only Durang's new play (hands down best new play of the season so far) would transfer...
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman

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