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HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT Albert Nobbs is best performance of Glenn Close’s career GEORGE PRENTICE If Glenn Close picks up an Oscar on Sunday, Feb. 26, for her transcendent performance in Albert Nobbs—and don’t rule her out—she’ll need to offer a tip of the bowler hat to her supporting players. She most certainly would share thanks with co-star Janet McTeer (nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category). But Close’s finest support came from Matthew Glenn Close has won three Emmys, three Tonys, but no Oscars, in spite of being nominated six times. Mungle, Lynn Johnson and Martial Corneville, the Oscar-nominated team who turned above the overreaching exhibition by actresses Close nurtured the property for 30 years. her into a 19th-century Irishman. grabbing a prosthetic (Nicole Kidman in The She became the film’s producer, co-authored Prior to the September 2011 premiere of Hours) or a wig (Meryl Streep in The Iron the screenplay and even penned the lyrics for Albert Nobbs at the Toronto International Lady) in an obvious effort to nab an Oscar. the movie’s beautiful theme song, “Lay Your Film Festival, Close told me how Mungle Albert Nobbs tells the story of a 19th Head Down,” sung by Sinead O’Connor. had designed her makeup and prosthetics, century woman who must dupe everyone There was good reason to be skeptical of a how Johnston applied the masks each day in at Dublin’s Morrison Hotel into believing film version of Albert two-and-a-half hour that she is a man—serving as a butler—in Nobbs—the source sessions, and how what, she is convinced, is her only protecmaterial, a play (The Corneville styled her ALBERT NOBBS (R) tion against poverty. Her secret, while highly Singular Life of Albert amazing wigs. The Directed by Rodrigo Garcia unique, somehow seems familiar and resonates Nobbs) was overly delicacy of the trio’s Starring Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, strongly in our 21st century trappings. Albert’s theatrical. In a 1982 craftsmanship did Mia Wasikowska New York production, plight reminds us of the masks that we all put much more than a Opens Friday at The Flicks the play felt compacted on before we walk out the door. Powders and simple masquerade. by the proscenium, fine potions aim to soften our wrinkles or hide the They gave ultimate shadows beneath our eyes, while we debate for its Off-Broadway credence to the story over the appropriate color combination of our of a time-weathered lass hiding in plain sight venue, but practically impossible to adapt. wardrobe. Each day, we embrace alterations to Yet Close saw what others didn’t—Albert as a gentleman’s gentleman. our appearance in fear of being judged Nobbs was not merely a costume drama. In“I’m thrilled and very emotional,” Close deed, it was a study of manner, movement and for who we truly are. told me in Toronto (BW, Cobweb, “Glenn 35 In 1982, when Close first played sensibility, all suited best to be examined by the Close as a Man’s Man,” Sept. 12, 2011). “But Nobbs on the stage, she was just begincamera lens. Her film is head-and-shoulders it’s a dream come true.”

SCREEN/THE TUBE Jones) is investigating a brutal killing spree, but the suspect is a man who reportedly had died more than 30 years prior. It turns out that, one by Alcatraz, the new break-out hit (pun intended) on Fox’s Monday one, the once-missing Alcatraz inmates begin appearing in 2012 without night schedule, shares more with Lost (ABC, 2004-2010) than just its aging a day and again begin committing heinous crimes. creator—J.J. Abrams. Both programs also include Jorge Garcia (the roThe execution (pun No. 3) of the tund Hurley, perhaps Lost’s most-beloved theme is what compels us to watch. character). Most importantly, the two Madsen teams with Dr. Diego “Doc” series share a rare bloodline in episodic Soto (Garcia), an Alcatraz expert, FBI network television–originality. Alcatraz Agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) and holds us captive (pun No. 2) due primarily Parminder Nagra as Lucy Banerjee (who to its highly creative conceit. harbors even more secrets). Here’s the drill: It turns out that when Alcatraz mixes first-rate procedural Alcatraz shut down as a federal prison in crime drama with very user-friendly science 1963 (very true), all of the prisoners went fiction. The series premiered to big ratings missing (very false). The series has us beand held its own, attracting 10 million lieve (and quite convincingly) that the U.S. viewers in its second week, indicating that government has covered up the mysterious Alcatraz might keep us prisoner for a while disappearance of 256 inmates and 46 (somebody please stop me—that’s four). guards from the infamous San Francisco Bay rock. Alcatraz picks up in 2012 as Bay Alcatraz airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox. —George Prentice area detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah

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