From the creator of Gilmore Girls, Amazon’s new show stars a spitfire housewife who takes on standup comedy.
In most anyone else’s hands, getting drunk, stumbling onto an open mic stage, and sputtering confused outrage about getting dumped just hours before would be an undeniable low point. But in the hands of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, this moment feels like the giddy swoop of a rollercoaster taking an exhilarating plunge at the end of an arduous climb.
“There are so many questions spinning around in my head,” Miriam “Midge” Maisel says into the mic to a bewildered but intrigued crowd. “Why did he leave? Why wasn’t I enough? And why didn’t they put the stage over there against that wall instead of over here by the bathrooms so you wouldn’t have to hear every giant bowel movement that takes place in there?!”
It’s more of an exasperated observation than a real joke, but the audience laughs anyway — and not just because it’s 1958 and Midge is a drunk housewife standing onstage in a frilly blue nightgown. Standing up there in the spotlight, her inhibitions having followed her wayward husband out the door, Midge is working through a moment of clarity with a refreshing elasticity that also feels sharp. And that combination is what makes both her and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel thrive.
Over its first eight episodes, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tells the story of Midge (the marvelous Rachel Brosnahan) struggling to reconcile the fact that she did everything she’s been told a nice Jewish girl needs to do to succeed with the fact that her husband Joel (Michael Zegen) left her anyway. But the series’ better story is that Midge’s quick wit and wicked smile make up her rare talent for keeping people’s attention. And as the Read More Here