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The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000)

Broadcast of a live performance of the Roundabout Theater Company's 2000 New York revival of the classic Kaufman-Hart comedy, about a famous (and famously acid-tongued) theater critic who ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sheridan Whiteside
... Lorraine Sheldon
... Maggie Cutler (as Harriet Harris)
Lewis J. Stadlen ... Banjo
... Bert Jefferson
... Beverly Carlton
Linda Stephens ... Mrs. Stanley
Terry Beaver ... Mr. Stanley
William Duell ... Dr. Bradley
Mary Catherine Wright ... Miss Preen
... Professor Metz
Ruby Holbrook ... Harriet Stanley
Julie Boyd ... Sarah
Jeff Hayenga ... John (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
... June Stanley
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Broadcast of a live performance of the Roundabout Theater Company's 2000 New York revival of the classic Kaufman-Hart comedy, about a famous (and famously acid-tongued) theater critic who is forced to stay in a Midwestern couple's home and the havoc that ensues. Written by Tommy Peter

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The part of Banjo was based on Alexander Woollcott's good friend, Harpo Marx. Harpo thought so much of Woollcott that he named two of his children after him. See more »

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Mr. Stanley: [entering and pointing to the sarcophagus in his living room] Five minutes, Mr. Whiteside! Including that!
Lorraine Sheldon: What was all that about? Who is that man?
Sheridan Whiteside: He announces the time every few minutes. I pay him a small sum.
Lorraine Sheldon: But what on earth for, Sherry?
Sheridan Whiteside: I lost my watch!
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What Am I To Do
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Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Byron Jennings
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Good entertainment, but a bit forced
2 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed the taped stage play setting and all of the characters were immediately familiar to me, having just viewed the 1942 version. I rarely miss anything that Nathan Lane does and thought him perfect casting as Sheridan Whiteside.

However...it all seemed a bit forced to me. Lane's delivery was good and his mugging very funny, but he was working all the time. It just didn't seem to come naturally. The "Banjo" character was just an impersonation of Durante and an average one at that. As with the '42 film, I feel this character was superfluous.

The overall impression for me was one of a very good amateur company doing their very best to put on a show. I never forgot it was a play, whereas in the '42 version, I got more involved in the story.

As for the inter-act comments from the host and hostess, I skipped those immediately (so grateful for DVD technology!). The newsreel footage and swing music were delightful between the acts, though.


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