“I’ll Eat You Last”, Bette Midler is Sue Mengers On Broadway

SueMengers_PICS2628x471-1“She was the modern-day Gertrude Stein. People would gather and exchange ideas and talk about things that were not talked about anywhere else in town.” —CBS President Leslie Moonves on Mengers’ starry at-home dinners

“It’s a heady sensation, 25ILLEATdress-articleLargethanks to the buoyant, witty writing of Mr. Logan (“Red”), the focused direction of Joe Mantello and above all to Ms. Midler, who gives the most lusciously entertaining performance of the Broadway Faye Sue And Bob65457957article-0-1978D8E8000005DC-136_634x401la-et-eat-you-lastarticle-0-1978D98A000005DC-69_634x941season. Dropping names as if to the rhythm of a disco beat, snapping out wisecracks like acid-tipped darts that find the sweet spot every time, proffering profanity-laden advice about how to get ahead in show business: as the frank, brassy, foul-mouthed Mengers, who died in 2011, Ms. Midler cradles a spellbound audience in the palm of her hand from first joke to last toke. (Mengers’s love of celebrity was perhaps equaled only by her affection for marijuana.)

Or rather she would so cradle us, if both hands were not otherwise engaged. As she welcomes us, Sue does not deign to rise from the pillow-bestrewn couch on which she sits, or rather slinks (“Forgive me for not getting up,” she says, unapologetically. “Think of me as that caterpillar from ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ the one with the hash pipe”), but her silver-taloned fingers are in continual motion: slicing the air to accentuate a point, fiddling with the white-blond tresses framing her face, adjusting her signature glasses — oversize circles that symbolize a lifelong obsession with stargazing — or grabbing another cigarette or a joint, if not both at the same time”–NY Times

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/theater/reviews/ill-eat-you-last-starring-bette-midler.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=1366883853-3MM6HTa9wwRgrdKLws5+Jg

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