Charles Nelson Reilly's one-man show, Life of Reilly will have a director, despite the actor's original insistence that it would not, when it plays performances at Boca Raton's Caldwell Theatre Aug. 16-17 and 23-24. Paul Linke has been chosen by Reilly as the helmer of his performance piece.
Linke, an actor for over 25 years, has appeared in over 200 television shows, best known as Artie Grossman on NBC's "CHIPS." Linke was a founder and artistic director of the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica and a member of the Company Theatre. A writer/performer, he is best known for his piece, Time Flies When You're Alive, which became an HBO special. He currently teaches a professional acting class at the Zephyr Theatre in Los Angeles.
Reilly, a staple on TV's "Match Game" and "Hollywood Squares," made his Broadway debut as Mr. Henkle in Bye, Bye, Birdie, was nominated for a Tony as the original Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!, and received a Tony for his performance as the original Bud Frump How To Succeed In Business.... His first directing assignment was The Belle Of Amherst, starring Julie Harris. Harris and Reilly have worked on 12 plays together, including The Gin Game and the up-coming story of Alice B. Toklas, Staying on Alone by Bruce Kellner. Other Broadway directing credits include Paul Robeson with James Earl Jones, Break a Leg and The Nerd.
Tickets to Life of Reilly are $20 and available by calling (561) 241 7432. The Caldwell Theatre Company is located at 7873 N. Federal Highway in the Levitz Plaza.
-- By Christine Ehren and David Lefkowitz