Friday, July 25, 2008
Marian the septuagenarian
Seen yesterday trying to exit Columbus Circle through one of those awful high entrance-exit turnstiles: Marian Seldes! (Obligatory list of things I have seen Marian Seldes in: Dinner at Eight, Beckett/Albee, Deuce, and an episode of Law & Order: SVU where she played a protective mother and memorably scolded Detective Stabler for being "bold as brass.") She was politely waiting on the platform until I came through, and I thought, Good heavens, Marian Seldes takes the subway? In this heat?! I have this unrealistic notion that theatre royalty should be treated more or less like actual royalty, at least in New York. And if Dana Ivey is regal, well, Marian Seldes is virtually celestial. It seems like she ought to be carried around the West Side on a litter, not left to fight her way out of the 59th Street station on a hot, muggy afternoon. I hope she at least got a seat on the train.