Sue Mengers

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    A Whole New Role For Joan Rivers

    This Friday night on Thirteen, Joan Rivers goes from Fashion Police to theater critic, sharing the Theater Talk panel with esteemed arbiters Ben Brantley and Peter Marks. And cohost Susan Haskins tells me Joan has quite a bit to say about I'll Eat You Last, the one-person show with Bette Midler as ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013
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    April 30, 2013

    No Tony Nomination For Bette Midler

    They must have thought her performance as agent Sue Mengers in I'll Eat You Last was just too frothily campy to count as capital-A Acting--especially when you have serious contenders like avant-garde queen Fiona Shaw angsting it up in The Testament of Mary. But wait, they didn't nominate Shaw eithe ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Why So Many One-Person Shows Right Now?

    Holland Taylor as Ann Richards. Alan Cumming as Macbeth. Bette Midler as Sue Mengers. Fiona Shaw as the Virgin Mary. Why such an avalanche of solo outings on Broadway (though to be fair, Cumming has two medical workers watching him and occasionally murmuring something)? Easy: The economy! There's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Dish From Bette Midler's Opening Night Of I'll Eat You Last

    This comes from a source, not from me first-hand, because my invite obviously got lost in the mail along with all the other good stuff. Anyway, the first one to leap to their feet at the curtain? Ali MacGraw, who was way ahead of everyone else! I guess Ali liked the part where Bette's character (a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Bette Midler As Superagent Sue Mengers: My Review

    Lounging on a sofa in a sparkly blue caftan in a picture-perfect Beverly Hills mansion while chain smoking and waiting for the phone to ring, Bette Midler plays campy 1970s producer Alan Carr in the new Broadway one-person show I'll Eat You Last. Oh, sorry, she's playing campy 1970s superagent Sue M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Barbra Turned Down Cabaret, Klute, and Julia

    I was uptown last night when Barbra Streisand arrived to be honored with her Film Society of Lincoln Center's "Chaplin" award, and she and hubby Brolin looked like buttah. Also lovely was this New York Times piece yesterday, in which the greatest star answered readers' questions with her usual plu ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 17, 2013
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    April 5, 2013

    Living For Bette Midler

    The chance to see Bette Midler in a legit play has excited me. Any legit play. Yes, I'd see her in anything--except maybe Scenes From a Mall (though wait a minute, I did see that, so never mind, I even saw Parental Guidance, above!). She's one of those commanding, radioactive performers whose pers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    How Bette Midler Became "Bathhouse Betty"

    Way before she was Sue Mengers (the colorful agent she's playing in a new Broadway play), Bette Midler was known for camping and vamping it up for toweled gays at the Continental Baths in between their bouts of horizontal mambo dancing. Well, Malcolm Ingram's new documentary about the place, Contin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    A Big Year For Drag And Transgender On Broadway!

    As I've pointed out, it's been an amazing season for beefcake, but it also happens to be a banner time for cross dressing. La Cage and Priscilla have clearly paved the way for lots more theatrical dolling up as the opposite sex (instead of with the opposite sex, lol). We have two men playing women ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Three One-Woman Shows In A Row Are Coming!

    I generally loathe one-person shows because they often fail to be all that dramatic, usually consisting of a long-winded famous person pretending to be another long-winded famous person, taking an occasional breath only when the phone rings. But the three one-woman shows that are coming sound like ... More >>

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