Those who crave the spotlight most often become entertainers. Their talent demands it. It is their calling to shine.
We applaud them, and in so doing bask in the glow of their accomplishment. They are center stage with the footlights on them, but we are illuminated by their performance.
Their light shines on us as they render and interpret and presnet their truths. Greater performers shine brightest, and we shine brighter too.
For Pete’s Sake, What’s Up Doc? and She’s Funny That Way have more in common than an apostrophe “s”. The first two share Barbra Streisand in the lead. All three have directors named Peter, the first a Yates and the other two Bogdanovic. Add to the coincidences that both What’s Up Doc? and For Pete’s Sake use the cinematography of László Kovács, while She’s Funny That Way uses the camera work of Yaron Orbach.
All three are also zany, yet realistic farces.
She’s Funny That Way stars Imogen Poots, a completely charming British actress whose Queens –NooYawk–accent is so spot on that its hard to imagine her having success in film or theater. It also features Owen Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, George Morfogen, Austin Pendleton*, Tovah Feldshuh and Cybil Sheperd among others in its brilliant ensemble. Will Forte and Jennifer Aniston play a couple whose dysfunction is a monument to bad judgement. (*BTW, in a farceur-like coincidence Austin Pendleton is also in the 1972 film What’s Up Doc?)
In film, a farce has always been known universally as a screwball comedy, and the screwiness in the “apostrophe s trio” is just delightful. Mistaken identity, characters bumping into each other in improbable situations, and under false pretenses are all part of the plot points that move the story along. You anticipate what will happen and are surprised when it does. Grab a fake mustache, and join me for dinner at Nick’s.