Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 09, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Twentieth Century

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
John Barrymore, Carole Lombard
director
Howard Hawks
distributor
Columbia Pictures
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B-

Madcap banter among glamorous rail travelers doesn’t carry the same fizz it did when Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur debuted their screwball comedy back in the 1930s; as a pompous theater producer and the high-maintenance actress he loved, lost, and woos again, Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche don’t spark the way John Barrymore and Carole Lombard do in Howard Hawks’ matchless 1934 movie version. What this fitful Roundabout revival has going for it, instead, is Heche’s fascinatingly itchy, comically histrionic performance as a stage diva — and divine sets and lighting. (212-719-1300)

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