'The Graduate' Meets 'American Pie'

updated 01/11/2002 at 12:00 AM EST

originally published 01/11/2002 3:25PM

Mrs. Robinson in the form of a busty Kathleen Turner, 47, landed on an American stage Thursday night, in the first performance -- in Baltimore -- of the 2-year-old British stage sensation "The Graduate," reports PEOPLE. The show, based on the Charles Webb novel and the 1967 movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, stars Jason Biggs, 23 ("American Pie"), as that epitome of Baby Boomer angst, Benjamin Braddock. Ben is seduced by Mrs. R., only to fall in love with her daughter, Elaine, played on stage by Alicia Silverstone. The show is a virtual sell-out on its out-of-town pre-Broadway tour, and tickets in New York, where the show opens on March 15, are selling briskly, The New York Times reported on Friday. In the course of the performance, PEOPLE notes from the road, Biggs, 23, gets under the sheets with the husky-voiced Turner, while Silverstone, 25, essays her role with a squeaky-voiced naivete. Neither young star is exactly a stranger to the stage: Biggs started out on the Great White Way in 1992, playing opposite Judd Hirsch in "Conversations with My Father." As for the "Clueless" star, she appeared in the play "Carol's Christmas" in Los Angeles at 16. Still, she had some misgivings about accepting a role that would take her way from home -- and her six pets. "I started crying thinking of my dogs," she told the Baltimore Sun. An avowed animal-rights activist, Silverstone once served as a spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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