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Three on the Aisle: The Loverly Laura Benanti

The Tony-winning actor talks about finally getting to play Eliza Doolittle. Plus discussions of ‘White Noise,’ ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride,’ and ‘JQA.’

Twice a month, critics Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal; Elisabeth Vincentelli, contributor to The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The New Yorker; and Peter Marks of The Washington Post get together to talk about what’s going on in the American theatre.

This week, they could have talked all night! Laura Benanti stops by the studio for a long interview covering everything from being “born a 45-year-old gay man” to finally getting to play Eliza Doolittle, her dream role, in My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center. Plus that time Arthur Laurents almost made her quit a show.

Laura Benanti

Then the critics go around the table to talk about John Guare’s Nantucket Sleigh Ride at Lincoln Center, White Noise by Suzan-Lori Parks at the Public Theater, and Aaron Posner’s JQA at Arena Stage.

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