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re: The Minutes (BIG SPOILER REGARDING STEPPENWOLF PRODUCTION) -- PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS POST IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE PLAY
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Posted by: mikem 10:39 pm EDT 07/02/22
In reply to: re: The Minutes (BIG SPOILER REGARDING STEPPENWOLF PRODUCTION) -- PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS POST IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE PLAY - BroadwayTonyJ 09:55 pm EDT 07/02/22

BroadwayTonyJ, thanks for adding to your recollections. It sounds like you saw a very early preview of a world premiere, and the ending went through changes that one would often see with a world premiere, with those changes continuing even after it transferred to Broadway.

I have a friend who was a subscriber to Playwrights Horizons. After he saw one of their world premiere plays in a preview, it had the ending completely changed in a way that substantially changed the play. I want to say that one of the main characters either died or didn't die anymore. My friend knows that's part of the deal with seeing previews, but he still felt a bit annoyed that he didn't see the play in the version it was eventually decided it should be seen. I'm not sure that the change in The Minutes is as substantial, but it sounds like it should have been clearer whether Peel was an additional sacrifice or was joining them.

Can I ask you what Peel was like? Noah Reid, who's playing the part now, has a very earnest, a bit naive, people-pleasing persona, which worked for Schitt's Creek and fits his character in The Minutes well IMO. I can't see Armie Hammer being quite so earnest and naive. At Steppenwolf, the part was played by Cliff Chamberlain, who is now playing Mr Breeding, the part played in Chicago by Kevin Anderson, who is the main antagonist besides the mayor. I've never seen Chamberlain in anything else, but he doesn't give off that aura of earnestness in his current role. I wonder if he seemed more grounded. Reid is earnest and naive to the point of almost being too innocent for his own good. He is too unaware of how uncomfortable he is making the others by his probing. His Peel is quite close to his Schitt's Creek character, who would be eaten alive, so to speak, by the other council members.
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