'night Mother

GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 11:45am
I just watched the film again last night and damn. One of the most exquisitely sad stories in modern theatre. Time for a revival anytime soon?
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Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 11:52am
They did a revival in 2004 with Brenda Blethyn and Edie Falco. This show really needs two extra superb actresses because the show can really drag. It's really a character study show, not plot driven. So unless they are bringing in Judi Dench to play the mother, it should either play off-Broadway or skip a major revival.
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GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 11:57am
So is that to say the Blethyn/Falco incarnation didn't work? The movie's pretty good, but I'm not sure what think about Anne Bancroft. Spacek fared better.

This is the first and last time you will ever hear me say this, but I don't think Dench is right for the role. Kathy Bates would be my ideal for many reasons, not the least of which being her involvement in the original production.
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cknick
Stand-by
joined:5/9/13
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 12:02pm
I would love to see Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson do it. Love these two for many reasons (not just AHS).
GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 12:07pm
I LOVE that idea!
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Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 12:08pm
The show can be tedious if it's not well played. I even felt that Belthyn/Falco dragged a bit.

I saw the revival twice. I love Brenda Blethyn, but one of the problems she had was that she played the mother a bit on the "slow" side. You saw shades of her Secrets & Lies character. Almost like the mother was mildly retarded. Edie Falco didn't fare much better. I just felt that there was a blandness in Edie's performance, which I think has more to do with the writing.

Part of the slowness was the ending. From the shocking plot point until the end of the show took an eternity.

I think the show plays better in a smaller theater. It's an intimate story and gets lost in a Broadway house. You need these characters up close and personal.

I chose Dench because I think she is really the only actress where you can look in her eyes and know that something is going on in her brain. The problem I have with many actors today is that they are "playing" a character and the actor looks like they have it all mapped out and are just on auto-pilot rather than living in the moment. To me Judi Dench seems to be living in the moment.

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Updated On: 12/16/13 at 12:08 PM
promisespromises2
Broadway Star
joined:5/23/13
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 12:25pm
"I would love to see Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson do it. Love these two for many reasons (not just AHS)."

Glad I'm not the only one that loves the chemistry between them!
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 12:35pm
I think a while ago I mentioned how much I'd love to see Jane Fonda as Thelma in a revival of this.

I saw the last revival twice and was left kind of cold after watching it. Both actresses are phenomenal but I just don't think they were able to bring what was needed to this play.
cknick
Stand-by
joined:5/9/13
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 12:47pm
Jessica and Sarah DO have great chemistry! I think they're both good at playing extreme, dark characters which is great for 'night, Mother.

The play can drag terribly. When I read it I was in love with it and I saw a production and was so bored. Don't think I'd ever see it again unless it was two actresses I really liked (or at least one). With a good cast, it can me a master class is sustained emotion.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 12:56pm
"The play can drag terribly."

I once saw a production of Sam Sheperd's "A Lie Of The Mind" and I swear time stopped during that production. I was trapped in the dark with a boring play. I couldn't wait until the thing was over (and unfortunately I'm not a person who can leave at intermission because I always hope it's going to get better.) A few months after that production, I read the script and actually found it to be an interesting play. A bad production can ruin a good script.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
trentsketch
Broadway Legend
joined:6/25/09
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 01:36pm
I also so Blethyn/Falco and I was fascinated. I will say that Blethyn underplayed the part a little. Falco, though, was haunting. I saw her come onstage and knew there would be no hope. It was an interesting approach to the material that didn't quite work. I liked the attempt to do something different.
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 01:53pm
It was just revived Off-Broadway at Hudson Guild this past year starring Joy Franz.
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henrikegerman
Broadway Legend
joined:4/29/05
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 02:11pm
A moving and beautifully written play, and the movie stands up almost as well.

Totally agree that Lange and Paulson could be wonderful in this.
Updated On: 12/16/13 at 02:11 PM
E.Davis
Broadway Legend
joined:1/1/08
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 02:11pm
It would be cool to see Bates play Thelma this time around, but I love the Paulson/Lange dynamic.
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Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 02:42pm
They should revive their GLASS MENAGERIE and do it in rep with 'NIGHT MOTHER.
madbrian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/1/06
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 02:56pm
Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner would sell a lot of tickets.
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cknick
Stand-by
joined:5/9/13
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 02:57pm
Lange and Paulson MADE that production of Glass Menagerie.

I saw the Hudson Guild production and thought it was dull. Anyone else have similar/different opinions?
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 03:12pm
"Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner would sell a lot of tickets."

Except that neither is really right for the roles. And to an extent, neither is Lange and Paulson.

You need actresses that can be believed as simple, country folk.
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Broadwayboobs
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 03:26pm
I saw both on B'way. What I found strange was that in the Bates one I cared more about the daughter, yet in the Falco one I was more sympathetic towards the mother. My church theater group is doing a production in February. I wonder who I will be more drawn to this time?
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Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 03:34pm
Patty Duke and Elisabeth Moss
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madbrian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/1/06
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 03:38pm
Isn't Moss a little young? I love the idea of Patty Duke,
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Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 03:41pm
"Isn't Moss a little young?"

I guess maybe she is. For some reason, I always think of her as older than she is, but she's only 31.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 03:45pm

Jessie, where are you?

If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
madbrian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/1/06
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 03:47pm
Tyne Daly and Mary-Louise Parker.
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GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 03:53pm
I like that idea, but only if Parker can be "unprettified" like she was in Angels.
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Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
'night Mother
Posted: 12/16/13 at 04:01pm
"Mary-Louise Parker"

Except the audience will hope that the gun shows up when Parker first opens her mouth. I can't take another one of Parker's crazy performances. She needs to play normal for awhile.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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