Today In Theatre History: NOVEMBER 15

News   Today In Theatre History: NOVEMBER 15 1904 It's "Sunday" -- and 10 weeks more for featured actress Ethel Barrymore. Thomas Raceward's play is directed by William Seymour.

1904 It's "Sunday" -- and 10 weeks more for featured actress Ethel Barrymore. Thomas Raceward's play is directed by William Seymour.

1954 Lionel Barrymore dies at age 76. He made his stage debut at the age of fifteen and appeared in productions including The Jest and Peter Ibbetson. His film career ranged from "Grand Hotel" to the perennial "It's a Wonderful Life." He also published an autobiography, titled "We Barrymores."

1956 Dogpatch comes to life as Li'l Abner is staged at the St. James Theatre. Melvin Frank and Norman Panama adapted the Al Capp comic-strip, with songs by Johnny Mercer and Gene dePaul. The cast includes Tina Louise and Stubby Kaye dancing to Michael Kidd choreography.

1972 Mourning Becomes Electra is the first production in the new uptown Circle in the Square location. Colleen Dewhurst and Pamela Payton-Wright are featured in this production, which will only run for 53 performances.

1989 The military courtroom drama A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin opens tonight at the Music Box Theatre. The cast is headed by Tom Hulce, known for his roles in the 1984 film "Amadeus" and 1990's "Parenthood." The show will be made into a movie in 1992 after its 497 show run on Broadway. 1998 Drug-addicts in today's Edinburgh get their theatrical outing at the Players Theatre, as the stage adaptation of Trainspotting opens tonight Off-Broadway. The show, adapted from Irvine Welsh's novel as well as the play (which was previously produced in Glasgow in 1994), will run for 17 performances.

-- By Sam Maher, Steve Luber and Anne Bradley