1966 Jean-Claude Van Itallie?s production of three of his short satires, American Hurrah, opens tonight Off-Broadway at the Pocket Theatre. Interview, TV, and Motel are the three plays and the cast includes Brenda Smiley, Ronnie Gilbert, and Bill Macy. These plays about industrial America and urban life were directed by Joseph Chaikin and Jacques Levy and ran for 634 performances until the troupe had the opportunity to perform the plays in England?s Royal Court in 1967. 1988 An all-star cast comprises the revival of Waiting For Godot at the Lincoln Center Mitzi Newhouse Theatre, which opens tonight. This Samuel Beckett staple was directed by Mike Nichols and starred Robin Williams and Steve Martin, along with F. Murray Abraham and Bill Irwin, but only had a limited run of 25 performances.
2000 Interviews with exonerated death row inmates form the basis for Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen's The Exonerated, which features performers Richard Dreyfuss, Steve Buscemi, Vincent D'Onofrio, Hazelle Goodman and Ruben Santiago Hudson tonight at the Culture Project at 45 Bleecker. The play uses simple staging with the actors reading interconnected monologues based on the interviews. Two other nights will be performed by such stars as Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Edie Falco, Sarah Jones and David Morse.
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