Friday, February 12, 2016

Glenn Close's Albert Nobbs role 30-years-in-the-making

Golden Globe-nominated for her gender-bending performance in the Irish drama "Albert Nobbs," Glenn Close has wanted to bring this story to the screen since she first played the character onstage - in 1982.

Glenn Close’s Albert Nobbs role 30-years-in-the-making

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Glenn Close in her 1982 incarnation as Albert Nobbs, onstage at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Glenn Close in her 1982 incarnation as Albert Nobbs, onstage at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Photo: Gerry Goodstein

In interviews – including one forthcoming with yours truly – Glenn Close has been telling people how she’s struggled to bring the character of Albert Nobbs to the big screen for, well, forever. Playing a woman forced to disguise herself as a man in order to survive in 19th century Ireland, Close has rightly received accolades for her performance, not to mention a Golden Globe best actress nomination. And don’t be surprised if an Oscar nod follows when the Academy announces its nominees on Jan. 24.

Well, here’s a photo of Close in the original Manhattan Theatre Club Downstage production of The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs, written and directed by Simone Benmussa, adapting a short story by George Moore. Albert Nobbs the film, directed by Rodrigo Garcia from a screenplay by Close and John Banville, opens in the Philly area on Jan. 27.

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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