This production misses the mark because it emphasizes the wrong sets of emotions. In a dark, noir-like setting, Holly gets wrapped up in the nightlife. Fred gets lost in the shuffle. But you never feel that either of them is comfortable in their own skin.
It's important for me to keep things in perspective when writing about Tammy Grimes, who's just finishing up a week-long engagement at Manhattan's Metropolitan Room. After all, she's 76 now. And yet, and yet: She's still enchanting.