America’s top party animal has been keen to demonstrate another string to her bow this week as she made her West End debut in David Mamet’s ‘Speed-the-Plow’.
Lohan, now 28, who shot to fame as a youngster through films such as ‘The Parent trap’, ’Freaky Friday’ and ‘Mean Girls’, has become a frequent feature in the British Press over the last few years, mainly for her wild antics and run-ins with the law.
However, Lohan is now being talked about in very different circles of the media.
The role embarked on is that of Karen, the secretary of a Hollywood bigshot, a part originally played on Broadway by Madonna.
When speaking to the ‘BBC’ in the build up to Thursday’s opening night performance Lohan described how she felt “Very lucky and excited and nervous” to be making her stage debut in this way.
She continued by saying, “I want to be known for my talents and my work that I create, rather than a tabloid sensation”.
The American firecracker’s portrayal, which can be viewed at the Playhouse Theatre until late November, has initially received mixed reviews from critics. Michael Billington of ‘The Guardian’ believes Lohan’s performance to be convincing and “Perfectly creditable”.
Domininc Cavendish of ‘The Telegraph’ agrees, insisting that Lohan’s debut was carried off with a “Surprising and smouldering degree of style”.
Not everybody was so impressed though, and the fact that Lohan forgot her lines in the second act probably didn’t help the matter. Mark Shenton is quoted as saying, “She was out of her league”, along with ‘The Mail’s’ Quentin Letts who quipped, “Lindsay Lohan’s acting is like that of a not specially gifted schoolgirl”.