Actress Lindsay Lohan met with both brickbats and bouquets in her stage debut Wednesday night in the first preview performance of London's West End revival of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow."
Stretching to the stage after a long career in film, Lohan, 28, exhibited some memory lapses -- not unusual in a first preview -- and as one of the many tweets from apparent audience members noted, she "needed line prompting 5 times, after the [intermission], but hiding behind 1st preview nerves is a great performance."
Lohan, originally of Merrick and Cold Spring Harbor, reacted to her dropped lines with what Twitter commentators said was laughter, and in one instance described by the website The Daily Beast "she raised her hand to her heart apologetically."
For every tweet reporting, "So Lindsay Lohan had her lines written down in a book [prop onstage] & also got fed a line. Total car crash," another said, "Lindsay Lohan looks beautiful and clearly belongs on the stage."
Some tweets were more critical of the revival itself than of Lohan. Wrote one audience-member, "All my issues this evening were with things that were not Lindsay Lohan, but there was so much else wrong it's hard to feel excited."
Veteran Mamet director Lindsay Posner's revival of the 1988 Tony Award-nominated play -- which follows two Hollywood executives as they negotiate to produce a film, with complications arising from a secretary -- also stars Richard Schiff ("The West Wing") and Nigel Lindsay.
One issue appears to be that some dialogue inadvertently reflects Lohan's recent, often tempestuous life. The audience reportedly laughed at her line "I know what it is to be bad, I've been bad." Yet she also reportedly received great applause at her curtain call.