Picks and Pans Review: An American Daughter
Zoe Baird, Kimba Wood, Lani Guinier. Ring any bells? In the first Clinton Administration, a series of female candidates for high federal posts went down in flames fanned by the media. Unfortunately, Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter has lost some topical heat since it ran on Broadway in 1997, and the staginess of this TV adaptation doesn't help the drama's cause.
Christine Lahti is perfect as a nominee for Surgeon General who is pilloried for the past sin of failing to heed a call to jury duty. Lynne Thigpen effectively repeats her Tony-winning role as the heroine's best friend, an oncologist on the edge of despair. Tom Skerritt, though, is miscast as Lahti's unfaithful but verbally supportive husband, and Jay Thomas is too soft in the ambiguous part of a star TV journalist who wields the knife with an air of regret.
Bottom Line: No longer headline news