Theater: Ally in the Shadows

Calista Flockhart shows her dark side onstage

On Ally McBeal, she's so cute you sometimes want to throttle her. On the New York stage just now--in a 35-min. monologue, the first of three short plays by filmmaker Neil LaBute titled Bash--she plays a woman who confesses to a horrific crime, yet by the end you want to give her a sympathetic hug. Sitting at a starkly lit table, apparently in a police station, Calista Flockhart doesn't take long to shed her Ally affectations. Talking in a flat Midwestern twang, she recounts with grueling matter-of-factness how she was seduced by a teacher at age 13, had a baby, was...

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