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Checking in on the Off Broadway Stages

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Mark Your Calendars... you don't miss Oscar nominee Douglas McGrath's new play, Checkers, starring Anthony LaPaglia as Richard Nixon and Kathryn Erbe as Pat Nixon. FYI: This past Sunday (i.e. the 23rd, in case you're reading this in the future) marked the 60th anniversary Nixon's historic "Checkers" speech, which Chuck Todd, on his 9/20 broadcast of his "Daily Rundown" show on MSNBC observed "...helped reshape modern politics and usher in the era of TV as the vehicle for political messaging..."

Emmy winner LaPaglia was last seen on Broadway in the recent revival of Lend Me A Tenor directed by Stanley Tucci, while Erb is best know for playing Detective Eames on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Previews begin on October 12th for an October 31st opening, but you can score tickets now -- probably a good idea considering the subject matter and cast:
In the stuff-you-might-like-to-know-about-now-and-in-the-future department, i begin with How to Be a New Yorker, a show that offers a crash course (as well as lunch or dinner) to avid Manhattanite wannabees in search of that perfect combination of "been-there-done-that" attitude New York residents like project while navigating the ins and outs of the city. In short, this popular new comedy -- written and performed by Margaret Copeland and Kevin James Doyle -- has already added three evening performances to its iniital two matinee schedule. [I guess getting one's Big Apple sassy on is a bigger draw than initially expected!]

Check it out for the comedic rush, leave firmly grounded in NYC savvy. Now playing at Sofia's Downstairs Theatre in the heart of Broadway. Details can be found at HINT: Get a jump on fellow theatregoers by wearing black (Gotham's official cutting edge color) whenever the mood strikes!
Meanwhile, in the "you've got less than a week to make it happen" slot, David Garrison and Jenn Harris -- the twosome who originated the roles of Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling in the blissfully demented Off-Broadway sellout, Silence! The Musical -- will be exiting the cast on Sunday, September 30th. And while I'm certain their replacements will be fabulous, you might want to see these two deft pros in action before they leave the shows current (new!) digs at The Elektra Theatre (42nd St. & 8th Ave.):

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About the Author: City Guide Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times, For the Bride, Hotels, and a number of other publications, mostly in the areas of travel and performance arts. She currently is the theatre and spa editor for Promenade Magazine as well as theatre editor for all NYMetroParents publications. An active member of The New York Travel Writers Association, she is also a playwright and award-winning collage artist. In addition, she sits on the board of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Griffin is married to Richard Sandomir, Sports Media reporter for The New York Times.

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