Posted by Backstage Baby
March 20, 2013 at 23:00
We here at Act Break have been very grateful to "Bombshell" and its problems. What gossip blog doesn't love a production that has us googling synonyms for "beleaguered"? But there's finally a show giving "Bombshell" a run for its money - all anyone's talking about is "Liaisons" going down in a blaze of glory on its opening night.
Well, a blaze of... something. People will be bragging for years that they were there to see it. Preview audiences had given the show a resounding "meh," but audiences at last night's opening saw something else entirely. And that was before the show was brought to a halt halfway through by its unhinged star's breakdown in the middle of a big production number. We hear it involved live sheep, women on swings and some rather inventive swordplay.
In the midst of all the chatter over "Liaisons'" epic opening night, it's almost possible to lose track of another huge piece of news that would otherwise have us as wound up as the "Liaisons" stage manager when Terry Falls took his plunge. Unlike Terry Falls, Karen Cartwright hasn't shown any signs of insanity thus far. In fact, quite the opposite - her meteoric rise seems like the work of a savvy, if lucky, young star.
But we're starting to think she absorbed some of Marilyn's unpredictability while starring in "Bombshell," because she's now left the show to join the Off-Broadway production of "Hit List," that small show she performed in at The Fringe. Shocking though it is, maybe we have to trust her on this one - it's just been slotted in at Manhattan Theater Workshop, storied proving ground of new work, so there's got to be something special about this show. We hope?