Monday, April 15, 2024

Trudie Styler, Daughter Act up A Storm in Off Broadway Workshop


You can catch one more performance tonight, Saturday, at 45 Bleecker Street Theatre of Chekhov’s “The Seagull” as adapted by famed British director Max Stafford-Clark. It’s really a master class that’s been going on as open rehearsals for the last couple of weeks. Last night, and tonight, are the only set performances for now. Stafford Clark and playwright Thomas Kilroy have revived a 30 year old adaptation of “The Seagull” set in Ireland instead of Russia. It was acclaimed then and it still works beautifully.

Last night, Alan Rickman–who’d been in the original production–was in the audience, along with Sting, who came to see wife Trudie Styler and daughter Mickey Sumner–a very hot, up and coming serious actress–play major roles. (He brought Trudie roses, of course.) This production is done as a staged reading, but it is never boring. On the contrary, the casting is so perfect, and Stafford-Clark has waved a magic wand. Even in this early version, theatre fanatics will be sorry to miss tonight’s show. It’s simply mesmerizing. It’s not just Styler and Sumner, but a strong cast that delivers without missing a beat.

Rickman was very pleased, and raved about Mickey Sumner. (She’s the real thing.) Styler, a classically trained actress (among many other multi-tasking successes) gives a textured and moving performance. Everyone else is top notch, from Rufus Collins to Slate Holmgren, Stella Feehily, and Katie Kirby.

PS Sting and Trudie became grandparents this week–Sting’s singer son, Joe Sumner, from his first marriage to Frances Tomelty, welcomed a baby daughter. His wife, Kate, gave birth to a beautiful daughter named Juliette. The Sumner clan is headed west on Sunday to see the brand new baby and give congrats to the parents.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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