By Ernio Hernandez
and Doug Nevin and Robert Viagas
18 Jul 2012
1966 The Abbey Theatre of Dublin, Ireland is founded. It will go on to provide a central showcase for Irish playwrights new and old.
1972 A compilation of four one-act plays by Frank D. Gilroy, titled Present Tense, opens today at the Sheridan Square Playhouse. Starring in Come Next Tuesday, Twas Brillig, So Please Be Kind, and the title play are Biff McGuire and Lois Smith. There will be only eight performances.
1985 The Negro Ensemble Company present Trevor Rhone's Two Can Play at Off-Broadway's Theatre Four. The play that explores a victory over male chauvinism is directed by Clinton Turner Davis and stars Hazel J. Medina and Sullivan H. Walker.
1999 Laurie Metcalf returns to Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company as Maureen Folan in Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Directing the production is another prodigal son of Steppenwolf, Randall Arney.
2002 Future Tony-winning musical Hairspray plays its first Broadway preview at the Neil Simon Theatre.
2006 Henry Hewes, 89, the longtime theatre critic at The Saturday Review who championed regional theatre and founded the American Theater Critics Association, dies at his home in Manhattan.