Mr. & Mrs. Fitch
Written by Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by Scott Ellis
Starring John Lithgow and Jennifer Ehle
January 26-April 4, 2010
Second Stage Theater, 307 West 43rd Street
Douglas Carter Beane’s eponymous Mr. and Mrs. Fitch features married gossip columnists who, when pushed to the brink of extinction by websites and bloggers, try a last-ditch attempt to make themselves relevant in an era of instant irrelevancy: invent a new celebrity whom they can control themselves—or so they think.
Scott Ellis smartly directs John Lithgow and Jennifer Ehle to gleefully dig into Beane’s actor-friendly dialogue. But even they, expert comic performers both, can’t gloss over such lazy writing as pronouncing blog as “BLAH-guh,” accenting the first syllable as if they are about to throw up: not once, not twice, but several times, diluting the joke with each retch.
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