Blanchett To Play Margo Channing

About the news that director Ivo van Hove will direct Cate Blanchett next year in a stage adaptation of the peerless 1950 movie “All About Eve,” I will say only two things: 1) Blanchett is capable of anything; and 2) If van Hove deconstructs this story as he has most classics (“The Crucible,” “The Little Foxes,” “A View from the Bridge”) the results will be disastrous. “All About Eve” is essentially a comedy of manners and if you remove the codes of behavior the effect will be monumentally unfunny. If van Hove does drain away the wit, perhaps the show should be retitled “All About Evil.”

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