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Friday
Apr222011

The House of Blue Leaves @ The Walter Kerr Theatre - 4.13.11

 

Ben Stiller and Edie Falco headline The House of Blue Leaves, a revival of a 1971 Tony nominated play about the intersection of religion, celebrity, and delusion. The show is now in previews for a "strictly limited engagement."

  NOTES

--SYNOPSIS: Stiller plays a middle aged songwriter who's past his prime and never made it. But on this day, the stars begin aligning. The pope is coming to New York City. He's in love with a pretty young thing. And Stiller's bigshot Hollywood friend from childhood took his phone call.  Although Stiller is saddled with a wife who's slipped into dementia, a son who's gone postal, and the reality of his limited talent--things are looking bright for the first time in a long time. Until of course, they stop looking bright.

--Stiller is great but Edie Falco gets the win for playing his sad, manic wife who gently meanders around the stage subtly twitching and fidgeting like a real crazy person. Imagine the anxiousness on your dog's face when he needs to go outside. She kinda looked like that for two hours.

--FULL CIRCLE: Ben got his big break doing this play 25 years ago in a 1986 revival at Lincoln Center. 15 years before that, his mom, Anne Meara, starred in the original. You can expect his kids, Ella and Quinlin Stiller, to star opposite each other in the 2026 revival on the moon where we will all be living by then.

--I picked the wrong day to wear my pleated, sausage casing-like khakis: noted Vogue editor Anna Wintour was sitting right behind me! She was there with a Louis Vuitton clutch and a man who was basically a life-sized version of a Louis Vuitton clutch. Where was Roger Federer??

--Jennifer Jason Leigh's character has a one-liner in the show about how she reads Vogue to know what she'll be wearing 3 years from now.  I looked back for Wintour's reaction and it was blank.