PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 23
23 Feb 2015
1960 The Dublin Gate Theatre will hear Chimes at Midnight. Orson Welles directs his adaptation of Shakespeare and Holinshead.
1966Sybil Thorndike and Athene Seyler are the poisoning sisters in Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace. The production is revived at London's Vaudeville Theatre.
1967Fortune and Men's Eyes exposes the violence in prison. John Herbert's forthright play will run at the Actors Playhouse for 382 performances. Bill Moor and Robert Christian star.
1974 It's a Total Eclipse at the Chelsea Theatre Center in Brooklyn, New York. Christopher Hampton's play will run four weeks.
1997 The Broadway revival of Grease closes at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre... kinda. The production was slated to close to make way for an Annie revival. But, when Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down the Wind postponed its Martin Beck Theatre engagement, Annie opted for the larger theatre. Grease goes on hiatus today as scheduled, but reopens April 8 before finally closing Jan. 25, 1998.
2005 Tom Patterson, 84, the visionary Canadian who had the idea to create a theatre festival in the Ontario town of Stratford, dies in Toronto after a long illness.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.