Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Beyond the "circle of trust": Blythe Danner's newest Broadway role is Tony-worthy

If we told you Blythe Danner was starring in a dramedy with lots of revealed family secrets and issues, declarations of love, self-discovery, lust, and all-around mayhem, you might be wondering if "Meet the Parents 4" was playing somewhere.

It's not.

Instead, Danner has found a matriarchal role on Broadway that could easily earn her another Tony Award.  A big upgrade from the "circle of trust!"

Winner of the 1970 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "Butterflies Are Free," Danner has also been nominated for Tonys three additional times: as Best Actress (Play), in 1980 for Harold Pinter's "Betrayal"; in 1988 for a revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire;" and as Best Actress (Musical) in 2001 for a revival of "Follies."

In "The Country House", Danner plays the role Anna Patterson, the matriarch of a family recovering from the recent death of her daughter, Kathy. Anna also happens to be a renowned stage actress; in fact, all of the play's characters have roots in the entertainment industry.

And then there is the performance of Sarah SteeleYour destination meeting attendees might recognize her from TV roles in "The Good Wife", "Girls", "Nurse Jackie", and "Gossip Girl", but her dynamic Broadway debut as Anna’s granddaughter could be the real coming-out party for a new star.  Using her hilarious dry humor, Steele keeps the rest of the family grounded throughout the production.

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