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re: Will we see revivals of LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! and A PERFECT GANESH?
Posted by: AlanScott 04:50 am EDT 03/26/20
In reply to: re: Will we see revivals of LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! and A PERFECT GANESH? - mikem 05:43 pm EDT 03/25/20

A Perfect Ganesh is my favorite McNally play. Hard to believe it's not even mentioned in the Times obit (unless it's been revised), but then Rich in the Times give it a somewhat mixed review, as did David Richards in the Sunday Times. In fairness, it got mostly mixed reviews, only a few truly favorable ones, but it did well enough over a New York summer that replacements were hired to take over after two months, although they got to do it for only three weeks. But it was one of the most fascinating replacement casts I've ever seen. In fact, I went back to see the replacement cast a second time, going back for the closing performance, making the third time I saw it.

Helen Stenborg replaced Frances Sternhagen, Charlotte Moore replaced Zoe Caldwell, and the completely unknown Garret Dillahunt replaced Fisher Stevens, with Dominic Cuskern staying on. I've never seen a show change so much with a replacement cast. Not necessarily for the better, although I think I did like the replacement cast even more, but the entire play seemed almost turned upside down in a very interesting way. With the central roles played by Stenborg and Moore, it was no longer about the possibility of finding forgiveness and redemption but about the difficulty if not impossibility of finding forgiveness and redemption.
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