Today In Theatre History: OCTOBER 16

News   Today In Theatre History: OCTOBER 16 1966 Alan Arkin directs Dustin Hoffman in Henry Living's comedy Eh?, which opens tonight at the Circle in the Square. A chaotic office staff is the subject of this show, which will run 232 performances.

1966 Alan Arkin directs Dustin Hoffman in Henry Living's comedy Eh?, which opens tonight at the Circle in the Square. A chaotic office staff is the subject of this show, which will run 232 performances.

1967 Today marks the first time a postage stamp honoring an American playwright is issued, as Eugene O'Neill's face adorns stamps all over the country.

1967 Yes, it is a dead end for the Hamlet characters in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which opens tonight at the Alvin Theatre. Tom Stoppard's story examines these two Shakespeare characters' lives outside the actual storyline of Hamlet. This successful run of 421 performances starred Brian Murray and John Wood as the dynamic duo.

1990 An Australian father is coming to terms with his gay son in the Cherry Lane Theatre production of The Sum of Us, which opens tonight. The father and son are played by Richard Venture and Tony Goldwyn, respectively. During the run of this show, 355 performances, the movie "Ghost," starring Goldwyn, played in theatres across the country.

1992 Actress Shirley Booth died today. When she was 18, she made her debut on Broadway as the Ingenue in Hell's Bells. Her leading man? A young guy named Humphrey Bogart. She went on to star in shows such as Come Back, Little Sheba and Hay Fever (with Roberta Maxwell and Sam Waterston), winning three Tonys and an Academy Award. -- by Sam Maher and Steve Luber