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B. Smith's Barkeep Dishes on 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'

By Heidi Patalano | March 26, 2013 1:06pm

TIMES SQUARE — The bartenders of Restaurant Row often know how a show is faring before the first reviews have come out.

That's why DNAinfo.com New York headed to B. Smith's, where bartender and stage manager Andrew Goddard gave us the skinny on a new production that's receiving mixed reviews from audiences, despite heaps of hype: The adaptation of Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" starring "Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke.

It turns out that the raven-haired actress isn't as much of a draw as the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn.

Q: What have you heard about “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”?
A: I’ve heard mixed things about it. It’s either, you’re going to love it or you’re going to hate it. Usually we get people who are going to it and then a couple people afterwards will come. I personally haven’t seen it yet.

Has anyone mentioned going to see it because of Emilia Clarke?
Nope. They were talking about the movie mostly — whether it was like the movie or not. Then the people who came afterwards mentioned how it was like, 27 scenes in act one and that was too much. Other people were like, “it was great, I could keep up with it. The performances were great.” Never heard a mention of her at all.

What are the worst things people have had to say about it?
Too long, didn’t make sense. It was never about the acting. It was just that the show itself is not what they wanted, not what they expected. It was almost boring. These are the people that didn’t like it, and just the opposite for the people who did. They loved it. They thought it was great. They didn’t find it boring at all.