PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Justin Sayre and More Pick Favorite Bernadette Peters Performances
15 Feb 2014
Justin Sayre: "Look What Happened to Mabel." One of my favorite Jerry Herman songs ever, maybe because I often refer to myself as Miss Waitress from Flatbush. The lyrics are fantastic: "The girl with the pickles who hustled for nickels," it doesn't get better than that. And, it's so perfectly Bernadette — the voice, the sly "cuteness," and the belt. Rattle Me Beads.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.