Sunday, February 4, 2007

Summer and Smoke

Julie White, Angela Lansbury and Vanessa Redgrave should be thanking their lucky stars that Michael Wilson's production of Summer and Smoke isn't on Broadway. If it were, they would all be out of luck come Tony time, when Amanda Plummer would wipe the floor with them and every other serious contender. Plummer so fully inhabits the role of Alma Winemiller, a homely and repressed minister's daughter lusting after the hedonistic doctor next door (the terrific Kevin Anderson), that you barely get a chance to catch your breath while watching her emote. Summer and Smoke is one of Tennessee Williams' best (and rarely produced) plays, and it's really wonderful to see a brilliant production of it. Next stop, Broadway? Let's hope so.

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