Let us now praise Elaine May
In 1961, when the celebrated and influential comedy team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May went their separate ways, Nichols went on to work in the mainstream — Barefoot in the Park on stage, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on screen — while May bobbed along in the eddies. He made The Graduate; she made its lesser-known companion piece, The Heartbreak Kid. He directed popular movies such as Primary Colors and The Bird Cage. She wrote them — among many other scripts. And doctored who knows how many more.
This weekend, the Writer’s Guild West will honor May with its Laurel Award. And to celebrate the event, a valentine to a favorite writer/director recently making a lot of news.
Are you familiar with May’s movies? Any thoughts about her perspective as a writer, director and writer/director?