Just Being Lindsay: How Li-Lo Nailed Speed The Plow
MTV UK caught the play that’s been making headlines for the last week...
By Tamara Roper
Plot: Let’s not sweat the small stuff, we’re all here for the same reason. Speed The Plow might not have started its life as a play defined by one character, but it will certainly end that way, surrounded by posters of Lindsay Lohan’s face and images of her centre stage in a tuxedo.
Lindsay’s character, Karen, is an assistant to a Hollywood film producer. She’s young, earnest and beautiful, and what follows is an age old and easy storyline: man is seduced by woman who convinces him to forget everything he knows and “come with her”.
The star waltzes on and off stage as mild chaos ensues around her. The two male characters swagger about arguing over young Lindsay, throwing punches and insults as a bleeding nose and harsh realisation draws Speed The Plow to a close. It's a short and bittersweet story, a well visited tale of broken Hollywood that is brought only to life by the real thing, standing right in the middle of it.
Best Scene: Deliberately or not, Speed The Plow is driven by Li-Lo taking centre stage at every given opportunity. She knows about angles like a woman who lives in front of a camera, her trademark husky voice having only got smokier since Mean Girls.
Lindsay’s central scene sees her pulling the moves on Richard Schiff's 'executive' character as she entices him into green lighting a film about radiation and the end of the world. Set in a Los Angeles apartment, this is Li-Lo being all we've ever wanted her to be: drink swilling and fake vulnerable. She looks incredible, and her conviction keeps the scene captivating.
Though line delivery at times falls flat and is (inevitably) marred by a quiet off-stage prompt, it’s difficult to focus on anything other than her. But with a story so simple, why would you want to?
Mates or Dates: Does it even matter? The fact you can go and see Lindsay Lohan act in the flesh for as little as £12.50 makes Speed The Plow just as viable an option as going to the cinema. There are definite pros and cons to this, as on the plus side any 'stereotypical' theatre-going elite has been abolished. It's a curiosity free-for-all. The downside is you might end up sitting next to someone who eats with their mouth open for an hour and half.
WTF Moment: Checking Instagram after the show and realising you’ve just shared breathing space with Oprah Winfrey.
Summary: Speed The Plow is a play that has become a story of art imitating life. What it requires to work is somebody who is enough of a celebrity to make it believable, and with one of society’s greatest interests as a female lead, it succeeds. If it does anything more than boost the world's opinion of Lindsay Lohan, Speed The Plow deserves an award.