Some London critics clap, others carp about Lindsay Lohan’s professional stage debut

By on October 3, 2014


Lindsay Lohan greets fans after her David Letterman appearance outside the Ed Sullivan Theater. Andrew F. Kazmierski / Shutterstock.com.
Lindsay Lohan greets fans after her David Letterman appearance outside the Ed Sullivan Theater. Andrew F. Kazmierski / Shutterstock.com.

LONDON—It wasn’t a car crash, but there weren’t fireworks, either.

Critics have given a lukewarm welcome to Lindsay Lohan’s professional stage debut, which followed months of hype and speculation about whether the wayward star was up to the job.

“Shock news: Lindsay Lohan can act a bit,” wrote Dominic Maxwell in The Times newspaper after the opening night of David Mamet’s Hollywood satire “Speed-the Plow.” The Guardian’s Michael Billington called Lohan’s performance “perfectly creditable.”

Lohan plays the pivotal role of Karen, an office temp whose naivety throws the plans of two ambitious producers into chaos.

Not everyone was impressed. Mark Shenton of The Stage called Lohan’s casting “a disgrace” and said she was “out of her league” alongside “West Wing” star Richard Schiff and British actor Nigel Lindsay.