The star-packed April 26 celebration of American playwrights, The Playwright's the Thing, a benefit evening of readings of the work of Christopher Durang, Terrence McNally and Wendy Wasserstein, raised $248,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The fundraiser included a cavalcade of scenes and monologues from plays by the trio, but also the debut of a new piece written by all three, merging their most indelible characters. The performance at the Broadhurst Theatre included:
* Christine Baranski, Robert Klein and Jane Alexander in a scene from Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig. * An original piece, Dr. Gorgeous Radio Show, written by the three playwrights especially for the evening.
In the new piece, Dr. Gorgeous (from Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig), played by Christine Baranski, has an hilarious encounter with Sister Mary Ignatius (from Durang's Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You), played by Elizabeth Franz (the play's original star), and Buzz (from McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion!), played by Nathan Lane, the original Buzz.
-- By Kenneth Jones