Hello everyone. I have to choose two plays to see in April from the following: The Lehman Trilogy, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Hangmen, How I Learned to Drive, The Minutes, or American Buffalo. Which two would you choose and why?
SouthernCakes said: "I’d vote Laurie Metcalf over anyone else any day. "100%
I love Laurie Metcalf but I've seen her three years in a row: A Doll's House 2, Three Tall Women, Hilary and Clinton..and Virginia Woolf just doesn't interest me since I feel I just saw it with Amy Morton and Tracy Letts, both brilliant. Ms. Metcalf will probably be brilliant but I'll wait for her to choose another play, hopefully one that isn't 3 hrs plus. My choices would be one new play, either The Minutes or Hangman (both Letts and McDonagh are superb writers)...I might go with "The Minutes" as it's the first time since "August" that Letts and the director Anna Shapiro have worked together. But check the running time! And I think there's going to be a lot of fierce energy in "American Buffalo" among Sam Rockwell, Laurence Fishburne and Darren Criss...the intimacy of the Circle in the Square will put you right in the middle of the action and it features some of Mamet's choicest dialogue.
Mary-Louise Parker (Drive) and Laurie Metcalf (Virginia Woolf) are two of my favorite stage actresses, but I've just seen Ms. Parker (so wonderful) in "The Sound Inside" and I just saw Ms. Metcalf last spring (also wonderful in "Hilary and Clinton". I hear "The Lehman Trilogy" is long (but good)-- 3 hours with three actors-- so I might choose that; can't wait to see Sam Rockwell and Laurence Fishburne tear up the stage in "American Buffalo"; saw "Hangman" at the Atlantic, it's very good but I'll probably chance "The Minutes". Think Letts is one of our best playwrights and actors...he's doing double duty here.
Though it's not on your original list, I would also add The Inheritance for your consideration. You don't need to do the full both-plays-in-1-day deal - Just see the first play in the cycle, and decide after if you want to put down for the sequel. Great comedy, touching drama, and the final scene is easily the best moment of the entire season so far. (Bring tissues).
Lehman is an unmissable work of art.And Virginia Wolf and Metcalf have to be a winning combo.
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