Janeane Garofalo is a tiny thing, but the air around her crackles
I think about all Garofalos combined experience on screen and stage, and smile at how lucky I am to have seen her in the flesh
One of my favourite romantic comedies was released all the way back in 1996, and while it rarely makes it on to the best-of lists, trust me, The Truth About Cats & Dogs isup there with the greatest. Its avery loose play on Cyrano De Bergerac, except in this version aman falls in love with the face andbody of one woman and the voice of another. That other woman is Janeane Garofalo.
As ateen and even now Iconnected instinctively and intensely with hercharacter: acharming, funny, insecure feministradio host. Ihave followed Garofalos career ever since, but herlower profile in recent years means I havent dedicated much brain space to her.
Last week, I went to see her in theBroadway revival of Scott McPhersons family drama-comedy Marvins Room. My findings are asfollows: Janeane Garofalo on stage is just as potent as she is on screen. Her character, Lee, is one oflifes strivers: a bit broken and brittle, a little tart, but possessed ofan iron will to have survived thusfar.
I dont go to the theatre as often asI would like 15 months of living in New York has seen only four visits but every time I am stunned by the intimacy of it. Garofalos a tiny thing, still, but the air around her crackles.
Afterwards, I spent hours looking up YouTube clips. Shes done so much! (Please watch The Truth About Cats & Dogs and Romy And Micheles High School Reunion immediately.) I thought about all Garofalos combined experience on screen and stage, and smiled at how lucky I am to have seen her in the flesh. It was a smug smile, yes.
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