My reaction about theater versus cinema was very different than yours!The movie allows us to *see* Cambridge, the Strand Bookstore, the Sistine Chapel, etc.Being a fan of The West Wing, i had no doubt Janney could nail the performance but i didn't expect to cry during her last monologue.Hawkins was a revelation and Hickey every bit as amazing as in The Good Wife or The Big C.
If anything its comedy has aged superbly in the past 27 years and not just because (referenced continuously, often in a mocking tone) is back on Broadway and running concurrently with this production.
This makes April and May a madhouse of theater-going for those who care about such things.
Because most of the musicals are too expensive, I've been catching up with the plays.
We've already covered That's Stockard Channing's most sweetly funny line reading (among thousands of exquisite ones) in the 1993 movie adaptation of this stage classic.
That was also, roughly, my reaction to the Broadway revival with Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey, and Corey Hawkins ( You see, sometimes when you're too attached and familiar with a property, you're always popping in and out of any fresh swipe at it, comparing and contrasting and commenting in your overloaded brain. My head and heart were all over the place during the productions very swift even though I admired much of the production -- the set and lighting in particular are winning interpretations though curiously overlooked by Tony voters.