Thursday, May 29, 2008

Ben Who?

Laura Linney and Ben Daniels in Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

One of the most delicious things about the Roundabout Theatre's revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses is the performance of British actor Ben Daniels, who's making his maiden Broadway voyage in the role of Valmont, the seducer who gets seduced, a role originated in London and on Broadway by Alan Rickman.

When I interviewed him after an early rehearsal , he displayed a genial sense of humor about his anonymity. And when he got up to open the door of our interview room after thinking he'd heard a knock and no one was there, he quipped, "The ghost of Alan Rickman."

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