Monday, March 5, 2007

The Sisters Rosensweig

I often forget how wonderful Wendy Wasserstein's plays are. The way she juxtaposed Simonesque comedy and deeply affecting drama is stunning. Lincoln Center's all-star benefit reading of my favorite Wasserstein play, The Sisters Rosensweig, perfectly captured the humor and the beauty of Wasserstein's language. Stockard Channing and Edie Falco were wonderfully poignant as Sara and Pfeni, and Christine Baranski was born to rattle of Dr. Gorgeous' biting one liners. In smaller roles, John Michael Higgins, Ari Graynor and original cast member Robert Klein truly shone. At intermission, I began to think about Broadway in the early nineties, when a new American play could successfully run on Broadway for a year and a half. It's time for a revival.

1 comment:

Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

I loved this show the first time around, particularly with Madeline Kahn as Gorgeous (Oh, how I miss her), but Christine Baranski seems like a natural successor. Glad to hear she rocked!