The play turns out to be much more of an ensemble piece than the film and requires a degree of integration among the cast that the performers in this production don't come close to achieving. This may partly be because there are both British and American actors an stage and, stylistically, they are poles apart. Jennifer Ehle, for instance, is rather mannered and stilted, as though she's appearing in a touring production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest', while the Broadway actor DW Moffett, who plays Mike Connor, is much more loose limbed and naturalistic.
When the curtain went up, the actors seemed very awkward and stiff, particularly Jennifer Ehle, but I was willing to put that down to press night nerves.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Toby Young reviews Philadelphia Story
An unfavourable review from Toby Young's blog: