By Daniel Okrent
Updated May 11, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Madame Melville

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This peculiar evening heralds both the return to acting of Home Alone‘s Macaulay Culkin and the chance for playwright Richard Nelson (James Joyce’s The Dead, Two Shakespearean Actors) to strum one of male fantasy’s greatest hits: the deflowering of a teenage boy by an attractive older woman. What’s more, in this instance she’s French, and played superbly by Joely Richardson. If only the play, and Culkin, were as good: You see every move in the former about 10 minutes before it happens, and unassimilated acting lessons in every mannerism of the latter. Maybe the most successful child star in movie history, now 20, is rusty. Or maybe you just can’t build a career on cuteness. C+

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Madame Melville

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