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The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000)

An eccentric, cantankerous theatre critic gets stranded at the home of a Midwestern factory owner and turns the lives of everyone in the vicinity upside-down.

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Moss Hart (play), George S. Kaufman (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Lane ... Sheridan Whiteside
Jean Smart ... Lorraine Sheldon
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Maggie Cutler (as Harriet Harris)
Lewis J. Stadlen Lewis J. Stadlen ... Banjo
Hank Stratton ... Bert Jefferson
Byron Jennings ... Beverly Carlton
Linda Stephens Linda Stephens ... Mrs. Stanley
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Mr. Stanley
William Duell William Duell ... Dr. Bradley
Mary Catherine Wright Mary Catherine Wright ... Miss Preen
Stephen DeRosa ... Professor Metz
Ruby Holbrook Ruby Holbrook ... Harriet Stanley
Julie Boyd Julie Boyd ... Sarah
Jeff Hayenga Jeff Hayenga ... John (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
Mary Catherine Garrison ... June Stanley
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Broadcast of a live performance of the Roundabout Theater Company's 2000 New York revival of the classic Kaufman-Hart comedy, about a famous (and famously acid-tongued) theater critic who is forced to stay in a Midwestern couple's home and the havoc that ensues. Written by Tommy Peter

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The part of Banjo was originally based on Alexander Woollcott's good friend, Harpo Marx. However, in this production, the character is blatantly patterned after Jimmy Durante, who played the role in the 1942 film adaptation. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Stanley: [entering and pointing to the sarcophagus in his living room] Five minutes, Mr. Whiteside! Including that!
Lorraine Sheldon: What was all that about? Who is that man?
Sheridan Whiteside: He announces the time every few minutes. I pay him a small sum.
Lorraine Sheldon: But what on earth for, Sherry?
Sheridan Whiteside: I lost my watch!
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References Too Much Too Often! (1968) See more »

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What Am I To Do
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Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Byron Jennings
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Utterly and completely fantabulous
8 November 2000 | by Jimmy-128See all my reviews

If you're in a mood to laugh yourself silly, this is the play for you. Nathan Lane is at his scenery-chewing best as Sheridan Whiteside (modeled on Alexander Woolcott), a critic, commentator, and friend of the great and near-great who is forced to spend several weeks in the home of a Middle America family for whom "Goodbye Mister Chips" is as high on the cultural scale as they go. Lewis Stadlen is equally hilarious as the manic, irrepressible Banjo (a takeoff of one of the Marx Brothers, but I'm not sure which). Jean Smart is wonderful as the haughty and man-eating Lorraine Sheldon, and Harriet Harris is superb as Maggie Cutler, Whiteside's devoted secretary and Lorraine's nemesis.

To get all the references, you'll need a copy of Who Was Who in Theater, Film, and Opera, but I'm glad they didn't try to update them. It just wouldn't have worked.

Finally, kudos to Ryan Shively (as Sandy, union organizer and June's fiancee)! A talented actor and an all-around great guy (okay, he's my roommate, so I'm a little biased)!


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