The polite opening-night crowd at Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” did not take Rachel Weisz up on her offer when, at play’s end, she asks the audience, “Any questions yet?”
Post-perf Wednesday at Ernie’s restaurant, Weisz recalled that she and fellow cast members Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol and Frederick Weller got the occasional live wire in London who did pop one. Weisz says she enjoys the challenge.
“At that point in the play, I’m feeling my most righteous and confident,” says the actress, whose Evelyn character may be the most despised femme since David Mamet conjured up his vengeful Oleanna nine years ago. “I can’t hate her,” Weisz says of Evelyn. “I play her.”
As for those impromptu questions, the Gotham dress rehearsal at the Promenade Theater reportedly produced one holler tossed Weisz’s way: “Did you do your own stunts in ‘The Return of the Mummy’?”
The actress sort of denied the report with a “Don’t print that!”
As for LaBute, he challenges the critical gods by daring to helm his own play. “That seems to be a taboo here,” says the writer-director, who rarely gets guff for bringing his own film scripts to the screen. “Perhaps there are fewer jobs in the theater,” he reasons.