It's been a very long time since Alicia Silverstone was the girl on the tips of our tongues. After her Cryin' Amazing explosion into the world of media, she made men drool as The Crush and later became a cult phenomenon for her portrayal of Cher in Clueless. Unfortunately, her stint in Batman & Robin stunk of all kinds of offal, which put the kibosh on Silverstonian praise. She then Missed the Match and found herself acting in Scooby Doo 2, of all things. Granted, she also had a stint in the stage version of The Graduate with Jason Biggs and Kathleen Turner, but her portrayal paled in comparison to Katharine Ross'. Now, however, she's getting absolutely stellar praise for her onstage stint in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow.

Believe it or not, her portrayal of Karen (a role originally played by Madonna) has been given such descriptors as "tour de force," "finds unexpected dimensions in Mamet's flat language as she amplifies and explicates, pouts and whines, in an extraordinary, uninhibited and totally adorable exhibition of verbal foreplay" and finally, "Silverstone's performance alone makes going to the play not only worthwhile, but, for Hollywood types, essential." While her co-stars have been told to tweak, she has seems to have shined. This is great news for the actress, and I can only hope that such glowing words will help lead her to better roles and more solid and impressive performances on-screen.