Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Reel Thoughts: November Reign

Our Neil Cohen, freshly returned from NYC, continues our countdown to the Tony Awards this Sunday with another review of what's new on Broadway:

Written by David Mamet and starring Nathan Lane, November (currently at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre through July 13) features a lot of creative profanity and a Tony-nominated turn by Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne). Lane plays a lame duck president who has never met a scandal he couldn’t get involved in; it’s almost election time, and he’s also called upon to choose the White House turkey to pardon, when gay marriage rears its timely head.

Absolutely hilarious and utterly forgettable, November is Mamet-lite, and a star turn for master comedian Lane (even if he was rude to my niece when she asked for his autograph!). Metcalf, as Lane’s lesbian speechwriter, also gets to shine, especially in her wedding whites.

In related news: in addition to performances by the nominated musicals and revivals, this Sunday's Tony Awards telecast will also feature special salutes to the long-running musicals Rent and The Lion King; the former honoring its closing this fall, the latter celebrating its tenth year on Broadway. (How is this related to November? Well, you do remember who played the meerkat in the Lion King movie?)

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