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Glenn Close's Broadway Return Draws Mixed Reviews


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Glenn Close has received mixed reviews for her first Broadway role in 20 years in a revival of Edward Albee drama A Delicate Balance, which has been branded both "blistering" and "blunt" by New York's notoriously tough theatre critics.

Onstage, the veteran actress and John Lithgow play a married couple trying to keep their sanity during a dysfunctional family reunion, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning play was both lauded and panned as it launched at the John Golden Theater on Thursday (20Nov14).

The Wall Street Journal reviewer Terry Teachout noted the drama "takes a long time to get moving", while he writes of the Fatal Attraction star's portrayal, "Ms. Close's performance is quiet, tasteful and underprojected, not surprising for an actor who has been absent from the stage for so long."

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Glenn Close Returning To Broadway In A Delicate Balance Revival


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Actress Glenn Close is set to return to the Broadway stage for the first time in 20 years in a revival of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Delicate Balance, alongside John Lithgow.

Close and Lithgow will portray a married couple trying to keep their sanity during a dysfunctional family reunion.

Martha Plimpton, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Lindsay Duncan will also star in the play, which will be directed by Tony-award winner Pam MACKinnon.

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Tracy Letts Delights Us Again On Broadway In 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf'


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Edward Albee's derisive, acerbic and witty 1962 play 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', now starring Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, has undergone a re-vamp and a re-debut at the Booth Theatre on Broadway, celebrating exactly 50 years since its original opening. Directed by Pam McKinnon, this version draws on a down to earth and disturbing approach to the play.

The unfolds in three acts, dissecting and probing the dysfunctional American marriage that Albee envisions for the great nation. George and Martha, a middle aged couple; George a history professor and Martha the daughter of the College president, play host to another couple Nick: a new biology lecturer at the college, and Honey his young wife. The night spirals downhill as it becomes increasingly alcohol fuelled and the dysfunctions in George and Martha's relationship play out in their own inter-play performance to Nick and Honey, which is at best full of vicious, scathing words and at worst physically violent.

Reviewers of this new Broadway version have praised Letts hugely. The New York Times said he “brings a coiled ferocity to George that all but reorders our responses to a play that many of us probably thought had by now vouchsafed all its surprises” and the Chicago Tribune says Lett has “the performance that dominates this production”. Morton apparently makes you “deeply care for Martha, making you feel what you feel when you watch any friend trying to deal with a passive-aggressive spouse,” which is firstly no mean feat, and secondly, surely: the prime concern for an actor or actress- to make your audience feel.

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Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf: Tracy Letts’ Acting Prowess Confirmed


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A new production of Edward Albee’s classic play ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ has opened at the Booth theatre in New York, starring Amy Morton, Tracy Letts, Madison Dirks and Carrie Coon.

This current production opened 50 years to the day that Albee’s “landmark drama” first opened on Broadway. The action of the play takes place in the living room of a history professor and his wife. With another couple visiting for the evening, and plenty of liquor to hand, a battle of wits ensues and marital tensions rise to the surface. When they play debuted 50 years ago, it marked Albee as one of the most important American playwrights of his time.

Saturday’s opening night performance, however, rubber-stamped Tracy Letts’ acting talent, five years after winning a Tony Award and a Pulitzer prize as a playwright. Under Pam McKinnon’s direction, the New York Times remarked that Letts brought “a coiled ferocity to George that all but reorders our responses to a play that many of us probably thought had by now vouchsafed all its surprises.”

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Playwright Edward Albee Recovering From Heart Surgery


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Playwright Edward Albee is recovering after undergoing open-heart surgery this summer (12).

The Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? author was advised by doctors earlier this year (12) to add his name to a waiting list for a new organ due to his declining health, and in June (12) he was offered a second chance at life.

But the 84-year-old Tony winner admits he was skeptical of the procedure at first.

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Attends The 2012 Players Hall Of Fame Inductees Dinner, Held At The Players Club.

Edward Albee Sunday 30th September 2012 attends The 2012 Players Hall of Fame Inductees Dinner, held at the Players Club.

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Broadway Opening Night Of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ At The Broadhurst Theatre – Arrivals.

Edward Albee and Mann - Edward Albee and Emily Mann Sunday 22nd April 2012 Broadway opening night of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Broadhurst Theatre – Arrivals.

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Edward Albee and Mann

Broadway Opening Night Of ‘Clybourne Park’ At The Walter Kerr Theatre – Arrivals.

Edward Albee Thursday 19th April 2012 Broadway opening night of ‘Clybourne Park’ at the Walter Kerr Theatre – Arrivals.

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Broadway Opening Night Of Gore Vidal's 'The Best Man' At The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre - Arrivals

Edward Albee Sunday 1st April 2012 Broadway opening night of Gore Vidal's 'The Best Man' at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre - Arrivals

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Opening Night After Party For 'The Lady From Dubuque' At Signature Theatre Company’s Pershing Square Signature Center - Arrivals

Edward Albee - Catherine Curtin, Edward Albee, C.J. Wilson and Tricia Paoluccio Monday 5th March 2012 Opening night after party for 'The Lady From Dubuque' at Signature Theatre Company’s Pershing Square Signature Center - Arrivals

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Thespian Forsythe Dies At 88


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Broadway, New York star HENDERSON FORSYTHE has died in Virginia. He was 88. The Tony Award-winning actor made his Broadway debut in THE CELLAR + The Well in 1950, and became a sensation as SHERIFF ED EARL DODD in THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, for which he won a Tony Award in 1979. He also made his mark on the stage in Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE and Harold Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, among many other Broadway credits. TV fans will know Forsythe best for his portrayal of DR DAVID STEWART in hit US daytime soap As The World Turns, while his film credits include 1983 thriller SILKWOOD.

Playwright Albee To Share His Skills With Princeton Students


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Playwright Edward Albee has signed on to teach at America's Princeton University as part of the Theatre Playwriting Fellowship programme. The Tony-award winning WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? writer will become a professor at the prestigious university next year (07).

Light In The Piazza, Spamalot And Doubt Big Winners At Tony Awards


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Musical THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA took home six awards at last night's (05JUN05) Tony Awards, which honoured the best Broadway stage shows in New York over the last year.

A love story set in Europe, The Light In The Piazza's haul included Best Performance By A Leading Actress In A Musical (VICTORIA CLARK) and Best Original Score (ADAM GUETTEL).

Monty Python'S SPAMALOT, brought to Broadway by Eric Idle and based on the 1975 movie MONTY PYTHON + THE HOLY GRAIL, won three awards: Best Musical, Best Direction Of A Musical (Mike Nichols) and Best Performance By A Featured Actress In A Musical (Sara Ramirez).

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Turner Has Knee Op For Dream Role


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Movie star Kathleen Turner has had her right knee replaced so she can perform her dream role on Broadway, New York, pain free.

The BODY HEAT star admits she has been hankering to play MARTHA - the role that DAME Elizabeth Taylor made her own on film - in Edward Albee's play WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLFF for 40 years.

But she knew she wouldn't be able to give the part her all if she was hobbling around the stage in agony or drugged up on medication.

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