Lindsay Lohan will make her stage debut in London’s West End in September in a production of David Mamet’s Speed the Plow. Former West Wing actor Richard Schiff and English actor Nigel Lindsay will join Lohan in the Hollywood satire, which was first produced on Broadway in 1988 with Joe Mantegna and a widely-panned Madonna.
Lohan’s career has stalled. She has been tabloid fodder for many years and is obviously eager to be taken seriously as an actress. Hence her choice of London. “There’s a different standard to it here. It seems more prestigious. It seems a bit more serious and that’s something that I really want to experience.” The play will run for eight weeks, and Lohan, who has a reputation for being unreliable, has promised to show up for work--which either means she’s committed to the play or it’s a very bad omen. (Isn’t that, you know, part of the gig?) If all goes well Lohan may well rehabilitate her career. If not, well, her understudy may end up getting a lot of work.