Paul Wontorek
July 09, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hot off Elizabeth, Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett headlines this revival of David Hare’s tiresome study of post-WWII England. In the past, Meryl Streep (on film) and Kate Nelligan (on stage) have played the lead in Plenty with better luck. Hitting a low point during an overblown dinner party scene, Blanchett’s performance is a major disappointment. One highlight: She does look stunning in Maria Bjornson’s period costumes. C

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