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A Play So Depressing and Morbid Gene O'Neill Had to Meet the Author
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written by RJones3 January 28, 2008 - 11:48 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The play within a play is a natural vehicle for farce, a form for which I have a soft spot. Recall Mel Brooks' The Producers of 1968, which was either "shoddy and gross and cruel" (Renata Adler, N.Y. Times) or brilliantly funny, or both. The 1982 play Noises Off by Michael Fern was not especially successful as a movie but had me laughing hysterically when I saw it in a community theater. Now we have the 1994 collaboration between Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, directed by the former. Of the over sixty movies I have rented from GreenCine, this is the only one that I saw twice through in one sitting. There were wonderful throwaway lines in the second viewing that I had missed in the first. The love scenes between Dianne Wiest and John Cusack brought me back to the dialogs of my youth between Elaine May and Mike Nichols, ferociously self-mocking. Wiest was particularly funny in her sincerely contrived dramatic gestures, shushing her admirer when it suited her. A bonus in this movie is the painstaking evocation of the twenties, especially in the incidental dance numbers and the music of the opening and closing credits.

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