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Revival of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE with Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse

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Wow. I think it's my favorite play of the last 25 years, and I have such amazing memories of the original cast at the Vineyard. I wonder if Johanna Day will join them?

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Wee Thomas2 said: "Elizabeth Reaser was SO vulnerable in the Butz version, that's a tough measuring stick for Parker to match up against.



I couldn't look at Butz for awhile after that show.
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Parker created the role, and to critical acclaim. It is usually her that serves as the measuring stick for those who followed, including Ms. Reaser.

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OK, remind me: I saw this show in its last legs in the original production, I don’t remember who closed that production, I just remember being disappointed in it after I had heard such great things about the play for so long. I thought then that maybe it was only great with its original stars. Were the roles any age? I don’t remember. Could actors 25 years later play this play? Maybe I should give it another chance with these original stars.

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EthelMae said: "Were the roles any age? I don’t remember. Could actors 25 years later play this play? Maybe I should give it another chance with these original stars."

 
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It's a memory play, so while MLP is playing a 15-18 year old through most of it, Li'l Bit is technically at least 40 while looking back IIRC. I don't think at least MLP could age out of it, maybe David Morse, but even then Peck is still not young so they are probably still perfect for the roles.

 

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jimmycurry01 said: "Wee Thomas2 said: "Elizabeth Reaser was SO vulnerable in the Butz version, that's a tough measuring stick for Parker to match up against.



I couldn't look at Butz for awhile after that show.
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Parker created the role, and to critical acclaim. It is usually her that serves as the measuring stick for those who followed, including Ms. Reaser.
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As I didn't see the original, Reaser will be my measuring stick.

 


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