On paper, storyteller Alan Bennett's "The Lady in the Van" tries hard to convey what a stinky nuisance it was for him to accommodate a pushy old woman in his London driveway. For 15 years. The film, however, manages even better than the essay to tell this rather incredible story.
Not everyone enjoys a monologue-based show, but I find that when done well, monologues offer an actor a chance to really develop character and story. The St. Louis Actors’ Studio production of Alan Bennett's “Talking Heads,” a selection of three monologues from the series of the same name originally airing on the BBC, takes a straightforward approach to its presentation that largely works.