How can the wonderful Laura Linney not win Best Actress for her dual roles in “Little Foxes” tonite at the Tonys? She’s won both major precursor awards to Best Actress in a Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the more important than ever Drama Desk award?
It’s VERY rare and unusual for a performer to win both those awards and then not win the Tony, too, in their category. In fact, it’s never happened before. And not only that Linney is playing TWO widely divergent roles in “Little Foxes”, the scheming Regina and the alcoholic, fragile Birdy, and she is superb in both.
And not only that, this historic double-teaming of actresses alternating playing Regina and Birdy on different nights (with Cynthia Nixon) has never before occurred on the Broadway stage, though men have been doing it since Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud exchanged Romeo and Mercutio their youths in England at the Old Vic.
Add to that that Laura Linney thought up this whole striking, switching deal in the first place. And it’s been wildly successful And not only that Linney is one of the most beloved actresses in our midst right now. She has no enemies, no detractors and her late father was the playwright Romulus Linney, whom the Linney theater in the Signature Space Off Broadway on W.42nd Street is named after. And Laura herself confided in me once, “My father’s spirit is in that theater.”Her main competition is without a doubt Laurie(not Laura!)Metcalfe who is playing a very divisive Nora in “A Doll’s House, Part Two.” In the past several weeks, the publicity team behind “A Doll’s House” has mounted a huge campaign for her, and for the play, too. But this is Broadway, not Hollywood, where such last minute antics as these are looked askance at by the voters, to say the least. A single set, four actors and only 90 minutes, it still seemed like an eternity to me. And the writing of the play is sloppy, sloppy, sloppy. You don’t know if you are in the early part of the 20th century, or the early part of the 21st. And Metcalfe plays it often like her character of the sister on “Roseanne” IOW like a sit-com. She’s been nominated three times before for a TONY and never won, just like Linney. So it’s an even playing field as far as the “Overdue” factor is concerned.
Laura Linney has never won a Tony or an Oscar though as I said she’s been nominated three times already for both. This certainly looks like it’s going to finally be her year.
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