“Everything’s coded, carried in its inflections, and everything’s ambiguous. It’s all an act, as Garry freely admits, but behind his mask of absolute insincerity he can, when he wants to, be utterly sincere.”
“beneath the frantic surface is a subtle depiction of a man trapped by fame and his own image. ... And having ‘acted’ for so long offstage, he's reached the point where no one is willing to believe him when trying to be himself."
Garry's "susceptibility to flattery stems from a deep well of loneliness ... neediness ... drives Garry’s hunger for affection."