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Friday, April 28, 2006

POINT / COUNTERPOINT: Awake and Sing!

POINT: THIS PLAY IS REALLY GOOD.

COUNTERPOINT: LAUREN AMBROSE IS SO GOOD, SHE SHOULD BE IN MORE PLAYS.

and....GO!


POINT:
Not only is this an excellent revival of Clifford Odets' depression-era tragicomedy, it is simply one of the best plays on Broadway today.
COUNTERPOINT: Wait....Lauren Ambrose is SO GOOD. She should only do plays from here on out . And there are so many plays to choose from....
POINT: The cast is top notch. Zoe Wanamaker, Lauren Ambrose, Ben Gazzara, Mark "Dreamboat"Ruffalo and Pablo "SERIOUS DREAMBOAT" Schrieber all deserve Tony nominations for their masterful work.
COUNTERPOINT: Okay, so she's doing that whole fast-talking 30s lingo thing while wearing a beret, so Ambrose would be perfect in the Marlene Dietrich role in "Witness for the Prosectution." Mostly I just wanna hear her yell, "Wanna kiss me, Duckie?"

POINT: Ben Gazzara, even after a stroke, gives one of the most captivating performances on stage this season. Plus, he's quite a fashion plate.
COUNTERPOINT: OR she could be in an completely new show! Has anyone thought to make "The Hudsucker Proxy" into a musical? Because they should. With Ambrose in the Jennifer Jason Leigh part. I bet my Pulitzer on it - she'd get a Tony.POINT: The direction by Bartlett Sher (of the terribly tedious snoozefest "A Light in the Piazza") redeems himself here not only by delivering terrific performances from his cast but molding the script for a both suspenseful and heartbreaking night. I mean, if Jeff Goldblum likes him, I say amen.

COUNTERPOINT: Wait...I hadn't even considered musicals. Lauren Ambrose can really sing! She would be perfect in "Cabaret" or "Sweet Charity" but they just revived those. I would support her being in basically any musical, but how about if she played Nancy, the beer wench/semi-prostitute with a heart of gold in "Oliver?"

POINT: The set's progressively minimalist appearance not only makes the backdrop of the Great Depression more acute, but shows how the family dynamic of the play's characters is unraveling before our very eyes.
COUNTERPOINT: So even though Ambrose could be in any number of contemporary LaBute or Mamet plays, American classics seem so well suited to her. She could really be in basically any Tennesee Williams play ("Babydoll"? LOL), but how great would she be in "Suddenly, Last Summer"???POINT: Here is proof that Odets can stand the test of time far better than, say, Eugene "The Grumpmeister" O'Neill thanks to this thrillingly contemporary revival.

COUNTERPOINT: Speaking of classics, Ambrose should do Shakespeare! I think the ideal situation would be her as Ophelia opposite Joaquin Phoenix's HAMLET! How hot would that be? And it could be some new , gritty version set in the early '80s to Elvis Costello music. Okay, get some producers on the horn - this is pure gold! LAUREN AMBROSE CAN DO ANYTHING!
....and....TIME....

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