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re: Jean Kerr's MARY, MARY -- Anyone see it on Broadway?
Posted by: Jax 12:41 pm EDT 07/13/21
In reply to: re: Jean Kerr's MARY, MARY -- Anyone see it on Broadway? - PlayWiz 11:41 am EDT 07/13/21

Debbie Reynolds ruined any number of boulevard comedies back in the day when she was a Hollywood star: "The Pleasure of His Company," "Goodbye Charlie," and "Mary, Mary." Her idea of funny was to overact and make faces; it worked in broader farces not in pieces that required a sophisticated touch. Shirley MacLaine could have done all her roles better (expect for Pleasure which demands an ingenue.) Jane Fonda was the other go-to gal for Broadway comedies, and she did better with "Barefoot," "Sunday in New York" and "Any Wednesday."

As for Jean Kerr, he career overlapped with Neil Simon's but her stuff has not lasted as his has. It may be the deeply Catholic, marriage is worth prizing viewpoint her plays espoused. It was popular then, but society has moved on and we have had comedies about single mothers, gay relationships, etc. Never saw "Mary, Mary" on stage (the film feels like the actors are moving through caramel) but did see "Finishing Touches" and "Lunch Hour." Both bright, upper middle class, but lacking some of the wit and polish that you find in the better plays of Samuel Taylor.
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