David Cromer, a director interested both in beauty and ugliness, was quick to figure out that Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" is not really about a vulnerable faded Hollywood star. In Cromer's production, Diane Lane's Alexandra Del Lago still had plenty of options. It was her young gigolo, Chance Wayne, who was in trouble. And Wittrock, one of America's most promising young actors, showed us a small-town charmer arriving, right before the eyes, at the end of the very short rope his natural charms had afforded him. He gave us artifice, crumbling.
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