Monday, November 03, 2008

Fonda, stage right

I'll believe it when I see it--Annette Bening was a no-show last season--but Jane Fonda, a Tony nominee in the early 60s, is set to make her Broadway return in a new play by The Laramie Project's Moises Kaufman, 33 Variations, which bowed at Arena Stage and played the La Jolla Playhouse in April. The L.A. Times review was a bit of a hedge--"a beautifully wrought Lifetime special for philharmonic regulars"--but Fonda, a spiky 70, will at least be more comfortable up there than Julia Roberts or Katie Holmes. Maybe she can warm up by taking over from Estelle Parsons in August: Osage County; given plenty of Fonda family dysfunction to draw from, she'd kill in the part (seriously, if she gets the role of cantankerous Viola Weston in the movie, she'll win her third Oscar). Here she is the 1985 stage-to-screen adaptation Agnes of God.

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