William Stevenson
February 13, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

This satiric look at New York’s ruthless art and publishing circles by Douglas Carter Beane has been optioned as a movie by Universal and Sandollar Productions. The play adaptation of As Bees in Honey Drown isn’t as bitingly funny as it could be, but it’s enlivened by the glittering character of Alexa Vere de Vere, a phony, fast-talking producer who takes a young writer under her wing. Madonna, Nicole Kidman, and Mira Sorvino have reportedly swarmed in to check out the role, brought to effervescent life on stage by J. Smith-Cameron. B+

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