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Tempest in A Teapot

Reviewed by Beverly Creasey

Leslie Dillon's extended monologue about coming of age (She's just come into middle age and grandmotherhood.) is called "Me And George" after George Clooney, whom she met while working as a stand-in on the locally filmed biopic "The Perfect Storm".

The search for meaning takes some people to the mountain top. Some find religion. Some a new career. Dillon found the meaning of life on Wolfgang Petersen's movie set.

Dillon's life, she tells us, had bottomed out. At fifty, she says, she was too old to get work as an actress (something she's been doing for thirty years) ... and too old to get work, in Hollywood, as a writer. She says that her stock in trade used to be her cuteness. "I miss cute," she says coyly, knowing in her heart of hearts that we think she is still cute, darned cute ... and her monologue is too: cute and amusing. There's an adorable bit about immobilizing a stunt-woman with an avalanche of information, and a funny description of wartorn L.A. ............

BUT the feminist in me is sceptical. Her life at fifty was filled with nothing but sexual fantasies? Clooney, Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees, old friends, even the man squeezing grapefruit at Star Market? Nothing else could float her boat? Say what? And where is Carey Grant? I mean, if you're going to fantasize, go for class. The feminist in me has to balk at linking meaning in life to sexual attractiveness. Let's ditch that nasty stereotype once and for all, shall we?

And, while I'm carping, Dillon hasn't seen a Simone Signoret movie in thirty years of she thinks Signoret was "beautiful and old." Deneuve is beautiful and old. If Dillon dreams of ageing like a French movie star, there is a better choice than Signoret.
ALSO: Dillon tells us about getting chummy with "Wolf as he lit each scene in "A Perfect Storm" using her as practically everyone's stand-in. Then as background on "Wolf" she tells us about his other famous movie, about galoshes. Hello! Wolfgang Petersen's other film was also about a boat and called "Das Boot" but pronounced even in German "boat" --- and no one on that undersea Boat wore boots.

You know what: just dismiss my grouchiness as the complaints of yet another middle aged menopausal woman on a rampage. Dillon says everyone is afraid of us.
Pffft. I wish!

"Me And George" (till 10 December)
Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Avenue, BOSTON

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