Hogan's Alley

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Julia Roberts On Broadway

I don't usually pay much attention to the ebb and flow of shows on Broadway. Their price alone makes them a too rare event in my life. However, Ben Brantley has a splendidly written notice of Julia Roberts' opening in a play called, "Three Days of Rain".

The review is less about the play than it is about the stunning and captivating beauty of Ms. Roberts seen live in the theater. Money quote:

And Ms. Roberts often gives the impression that she is parsing her lines, leaving lots of dead air between fragments. And yet, and yet. I found myself fascinated by the way her facial structure (ah, those cheekbones!) seems to change according to how the light hits her. In repose, her face seems impossibly, hauntingly eloquent. She has a scene — all right, a few seconds — of flirtation with Mr. Rudd in the second act that is absolutely charming. And on the few occasions when she smiles, it's with a sunniness that could dispel even 40 days and 40 nights of rain.