If you get too shticky
, you put Shakespeare and the story at risk.
self-reflexivity ("Bech's weakness for Wasps was well known") also made sense to me.
The answer to that would probably be: They were waiting for a star who could fill Zero Mostel's hilarious, gigantic, shticky
Somehow that gets across in Simon's plain Midwestern speech, his awkward but affecting gait, his shticky
get-up (the tie, the glasses, the square-cut shit) and his prosaic proposals.
Compared with De Niro's shticky
role in this year's "The Family"--in which his Jersey mobster character actually attends a screening of "Goodfellas"--the actor has a few moments of spark, while Stallone mostly muddles through.
Feldshuh leavens her performance with disarming touches of shticky
humor, deftly coloring the gravity of her experiences with the self-dramatizing flair of a born raconteuse and helping to tone down the hagiographic glow of Gordon's character portrait.
Jim Simpson's production ODs on wackiness, overplaying Gurney's featherweight humor and shticky
characters without pausing to let some of the writer's wiser notions sink in.