The prolific Hoboken playwright Louis LaRusso II explores the world of blacklisted Hollywood star Edward G. Robinson in his new play, A Slight Case of the Shorts, opening a showcase production Jan. 13, 1999 at American Theater of Actors' Chernuchin Theater in New York City.
Jerome Weinstein plays Robinson in the Hollywood-set drama that takes place in 1947, when the House Un-American Activities Committee was in full bloom. The anti-Communist movement impacts Robinson, his career and his family. The play continues to Jan. 30.
Robinson, a bulldog-faced actor who often played movie heavies, starred in such films as "Little Caesar," "Double Indemnity" and "The Ten Commandments."
Also in the cast of A Slight Case of the Shorts are Mort Forrest, Ed Lipinski, Deborah Read, Rick Margaritov and Naomi Nissin. Joe Pellegrino directs the Jopel Productions-James Farinella venture.
LaRusso might be best known for his many plays set in -- and chronicling the people of -- his hometown of Hoboken, NJ. Among his works are Broadway's Lamppost Reunion and Knockout. His previous play, in late 1998, was Sweatshop, set in 1940s Hoboken. Slight Case of the Shorts tickets are $12. The American Theater at Chernuchin Theater is at 314 W. 54th St. Call (212) 581-3044 for information.
-- By Kenneth Jones