From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely-... See full summary »

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Helene Shaw
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Harry Nash
Robert Ridgely ...
George Johnson
Dorothy Patterson ...
Doris
Caitlin Hart ...
Lydia
Les Podewell ...
Les
Aaron Freeman ...
Andrew
Jerry Vile ...
Albert
Paula Frances ...
Minnie
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Ron Parady ...
Debbi Hopkins ...
Christie
Maria Todd ...
Heather
Sandy McLeod ...
Flirt #1
Edie Vonnegut ...
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From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely--while on stage. Susan Sarandon is new in town, a lonely itinerant telephone company employee. On a whim, she auditions for and gets the part of Stella to Walken's Stanley when the theater group does A Streetcar Named Desire. Before anyone realizes the growing affection between Helene and Stanley, she falls deeply in love with the sexy brute, not knowing what the real man is like. Written by Reid Gagle (with corrections by Fiona!)

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2 February 1982 (USA)  »

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The quotations recited by the actors in the various plays, from "Cyrano" to "A Streetcar named Desire" to "The Importance of Being Earnest", are often paraphrased. In the opening act, we watch Harry Nash deliver the final lines of "Cyrano," which were taken not from the well-known translations of the standard texts, but from the film adaptation Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) with translation by Brian Hooker. Edmond Rostand's final two words in the original French were "My panache!" which is usually used in translations. Hooker's version changes it to "My white plume!" Another slight variation occurs in the final lines, when Helene accepts Harry's proposal of marriage and says, "I hope that after we marry, you'll always look at me just like this... especially in front of other people!" In the original play by Oscar Wilde, the line is "I hope you will always look at me just like that, especially when there are other people present." See more »

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[after a rehearsal that has gone very well, with Helene and Harry acting powerfully, and almost erotically, with each other:]
George Johnson: Lydia. Do we have a play, or do we have a play?
Lydia: What play? There isn't any play going on now.
George Johnson: What?
Harry Nash: [still in Kowalski mode, though with that undeniable Walken accent:] Hey, you!
[George points toward himself questioningly, to be sure that Harry is speaking to him]
Harry Nash: You t'rough wit' me?
George Johnson: What?
Harry Nash: [shouting] Can I go home now?
George Johnson: Sure, Harry, yeah.
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Unsurpassed tour de force for two fine actors

As a play within a play (contains scenes from Streetcar Named Desire) it is a showcase for the range of these excellent actors -- Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken. It is also a sensitive tale of lonely people finding each other and their hearts.

If the well-earned emotions generated do not bring tears of happiness at the end, perhaps you should look for your own heart.


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