PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 23
By David Gewirtzman
1960 The Dublin Gate Theatre will hear Chimes at Midnight. Orson Welles directs his adaptation of Shakespeare and Holinshead.
1966 Sybil 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.
1967 Fortune 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.
2012 Classic Stage Company's production of Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, starring F. Murray Abraham as the persecuted scientist, opens Off-Broadway.
Today's Birthdays: Joseph Allen 1873. Shelley Berman 1926. Peter Fonda 1939. Joop Van Den Ende 1942. Robert Lopez 1975. Josh Gad 1981.
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