Lohan comes out smiles in London 'Speed-the-Plow' revival

Thu Oct 2, 2014 6:00pm EDT
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By Michael Roddy

LONDON (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan kept an opening night audience hanging on her every word, in part to see if she'd forget any, as she made her stage debut on Thursday night in a West End revival of "Speed-the-Plow", David Mamet's scathing satire of Hollywood.

By the closing curtain, Lohan had proved she could hold her own with two top-notch male actors. Richard Schiff, best known as Toby Ziegler from "The West Wing", played producer Bobby Gould. His buddy Charlie Fox was played by Nigel Lindsay, who had the title role in the West End staging of "Shrek the Musical".

The trio, under director Lindsay Posner at the Playhouse Theatre, managed to give a new edge to the cutting humor in Mamet's 1988 play.

The story centers on two self-professed movie business "whores," who are agreed on a big deal they know is going to make them rich. But then temporary secretary Karen, played by Lohan, turns their lives upside down.

A few of Lohan's lines brought knowing laughs from the audience, including: "I know what it is to be bad, I've been bad."

Lohan, 28, was once one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actresses, with starring roles in movies such as 1998's "The Parent Trap" and 2004's "Mean Girls." Of late, she has become better known for going in and out of rehab and court after arrests for offenses such as reckless driving and drug possession.

During previews of "Speed-the-Plow", critics who normally wait for opening night to review a performance reported Lohan flubbed some of her lines and needed prompting from offstage.

For the opening, she appeared better rehearsed. After an offstage voice prompted her with a line near the start of the second act of the 85-minute show, she overcame a breathless delivery and by the end seemed at ease.   Continued...

Actress Lindsay Lohan receives directions from director Lindsay Posner before rehearsing a scene from "Speed-the-Plow" by David Mamet at the Playhouse Theatre in London September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett