At two back-to-back openings on Broadway last week, things got personal and political.
John Doyle‘s thesps-as-orchestra staging of Stephen Sondheim‘s “Company,” which opened Wednesday, centers on the private malaise of marriage and an outsider’s fear of personal commitment. The next night (Thursday) saw the opening of David Hare‘s “The Vertical Hour,” which tackles current events head-on with its two main characters arguing about the U.S.’ military involvement in Iraq.
Starry “Hour,” helmed by Sam Mendes and featuring Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy, drew celebs such as Kate Winslet, David Bowie, and Lauren Bacall. At the party, Public Theater a.d. Oskar Eustis got fired up about drama that responds in a swift and timely fashion to what’s going on in the world.
At the “Company” soiree, conversations tended toward less global issues. For instance, the thing to ask the actors was: How’s it going playing all those instruments?
“The triangle and I are one,” said Barbara Walsh, who plays jaded Manhattanite Joanne in the revival. “The glockenspiel, I’m still working on.”