Well, good / bad news time, kids. The good news? The London revival of David Mamet‘s 1988 play Speed-the-Plow starring Lindsay Lohan was performed the other night, and it’s only getting mixed reviews. MIXED! Which means that about fifty percent of people actually like it! Honestly, when you consider how many people thought she would set the building ablaze, this is pretty good. On the downside, apparently she didn’t know a pretty decent chunk of her lines and ended up having to read some of them or otherwise have them fed to her. So that’s not great. But still, no fire!
According to reports by the Daily Mail and the Daily Beast, Lindsay Lohan’s first Speed-the-Plow preview tonight, September 24, at the Playhouse Theatre was marked by line flubs, wardrobe malfunctions, and the audience’s laughter at — not necessarily with — the star. Despite the public’s mixed reaction, the Daily Beast‘s Nico Hines assured readers “this was no car crash.” He continued, “If Lohan can nail her lines in the coming days, this somewhat pedestrian interpretation of the Mamet classic certainly could find its stride.” Hines also pointed out that Speed-the-Plow has “personal echoes” for Lohan, which makes it hard “for the audience to fully forget that this is Lindsay Lohan on stage” and applauded Lohan’s co-star Richard Schiff, describing him as “crackling with energy.” SOURCE
I know the term “damning with faint praise” immediately jumps to mind, but you have to remember, this is LiLo. She so rarely gets it right that you really have to overpraise her on the small stuff and hope that something sinks in. You made it through the show with only a few missed lines? Gold star! You showed up sober and didn’t cause a diva tantrum mid performance? 10 out of 10! Nothing’s on fire by the time you were finished? I know one lucky lady who’s getting Dairy Queen on the way home!