I saw the first preview. She struggled. And yet she was good.
The role often seems like that a a very refined lady...which may be a Gigi-esque conceit. In Stritch’s work, there was the Stritch-like grit and grim. Her portrayal included the aspect of a hooker who’d amassed a fortune, not a grande dame. I liked it.
HOWEVER, she sat in a wheelchair. With a tray on her lap (with letters and playing cards on it?). She could have (SHOULD HAVE) had a script of some sort down there. She’d not have had to acquaint herself with earpiece technology. She’d have had her crib sheet. She’d have been smooth as silk.
She was great to see. And her characterization was weary and woeful, as well as witty.