Eugene O’Neill Theatre and Buddakan. March 9, 2009. By Alisa Gould-Simon
Skinny ties are supposedly making a comeback in the recession. Is that why you’re wearing one?
“I think skinny ties look fantabulous whatever is going on in the economy. And, yes, fantabulous. I said it.”
What’s unexpected about working with Jane Fonda?
“She hasn’t been onstage in 46 years. That is really the biggest surprise, to see how somebody manages to keep all of those techniques and craft alive for so long.”
—David Hyde Pierce
If you had your own reality show, what would it entail?
“It would be called Rose Is Right, and I would tell everybody what they were doing wrong.”
—Marcia Gay Harden
You play Jane Fonda’s daughter. How was your working relationship?
“Initially I was just in awe and a little intimidated. But then after a couple of days you start cracking dirty jokes.”
You play Beethoven. Do you have anything in common with him?
“I’ve got bad hearing myself. That’s one of the ways in which I really relate to Beethoven, that kind of fear of becoming socially awkward.”
You’re playing Jane Fonda’s character in Nine to Five. Has she seen you?
“She gave it her blessing. That made me feel like a million bucks, you know?”
—Stephanie J. Block