New Guest at Broadway's Play What I Wrote Takes Shape

News   New Guest at Broadway's Play What I Wrote Takes Shape "The Shape of Things" star Paul Rudd was the recent mystery guest in the Broadway comedy The Play What I Wrote. He appeared May 18.

Rudd starred in the Off-Broadway production of Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things and also stars in the film made from the play. His other theatre credits include Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center Theater, The Last Night of Ballyhoo on Broadway and bash Off-Broadway.

Rudd follows such performers as Eric McCormack, Liam Neeson, Jeff Goldblum, Alan Alda, Jason Biggs, Glenn Close, Nathan Lane, Roger Moore and Zoe Caldwell.

The Play What I Wrote, a quirky London theatrical sensation, began its American premiere at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre March 7.

Kenneth Branagh directs the work of Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben, featuring actors McColl and Foley and Toby Jones on stage. The 2002 Olivier Award-winning play "revolves around Hamish, who no longer wants to be part of his comedy double act with Sean," according to production notes. "Instead, he wants to see the play he has written, A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple, properly mounted on the Broadway stage. But before this can happen, he needs a major star to play the supporting role to his lead role."

The original London mounting was an homage to the famed-in-Britain-but-mostly-unknown-in-the-U.S. comedy team of Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe. The Lyceum is at 149 W. 45th Street. For ticket information, all (212) 239-6200.

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A national tour of The Play What I Wrote will embark on a national tour in fall 2004, the producers announced May 15.