The audience seemed mostly amused, but her debut seemed to fall short of her promise to prove she’s a serious actress.
According to reports in London newspapers, And, Lindsay was far from the worst performer in the cast.
Another cast member broke character to ask an off-stage crew member for a prompt, before finishing the scene, reported one audience member.
Some critics, however, weren’t cutting Lohan any slack.
“On the first night of previews, a work-in-progress feel is to be expected. But halfway through the second act of Speed-the-Plow, the audience was openly laughing at Lohan’s struggle to grasp Mamet’s sharp, trademark dialogue,” wrote Nico Hines from The Daily Beast.
But reports that she was cribbing lines from a book may be exaggerated. The script calls for her character to read lines from a book.
The David Mamet play is a satirical look at Hollywood. Lindsay plays Karen, an assistant to two Hollywood producers who turns out to be much smarter than she first appears.
The producers make a bet to see who can bed her, but Karen is more than a floozie trying to sleep her way to the top.
Some opening night jitters are to be expected in a live performance, and Lindsay handled her flub like a pro. She never broke character.
Good or bad, the producers are probably getting their money’s worth just for the sheer publicity value of having Lindsay in the play.
But for Lindsay’s sake, let’s hope she sharpens her act.
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