Monday, March 21, 2016

A Catered Affair

"She never asked for much/
Because we taught her/
Not to expect to much/
Our only Daughter"

Like Far from Heaven, A Catered Affair takes a film about an unhappy 50's housewife and adapts it into a musical drama. While Cathy's situation goes from sunny to somber, Aggie's starts glum, with her son's funeral, and only improves slightly at the end. Comic relief was supposed to come from Cathy's brother, but Harvey Fierstein beefed up the role for himself making the character as angry and somber as the rest of the family.

"A short (90 minutes) but slow depiction of the family-fracturing pressures of planning an expensive wedding, “A Catered Affair” is so low key that it often seems to sink below stage level." ~ Ben Brantley, New York Times

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