PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: David Cromer

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David Cromer — star and director of the Off-Broadway revival of Our Town — fills out's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
David Cromer
David Cromer

Full given name: David Meredith Cromer
Hometown: Skokie, IL (where they give people middle names like Meredith)
Zodiac sign: Libra. Libras are supposed to be petulant and unbalanced, right?
First Broadway show ever saw: It was pretty recently. I flew in from Chicago to see my friend Marc go on for Matthew Broderick in The Odd Couple. They hung signs every 8 feet on the walls of the theatre with pictures of my friend and the words "Matthew Broderick will NOT be appearing tonight." I watched people get angrier and angrier, then they announced the understudy two times on the PA, and the audience booed louder each time. Then came Felix's entrance, which was kind of long to (I assume) accommodate Matthew Broderick's entrance applause. This was played in dead and stony silence. Marc was great, though and sad and defensive and in pain and really funny as Felix so they slowly had to get sucked into the story and to him, and by the end they loved him and he killed.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Dead End by Sidney Kingsley
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Billy Elliot
MAC or PC? MAC. I have bought the Apple lifestyle hook, line and sinker. I was just wondering this morning if there was any way I could give them some more of my money. I think the dreamy deaf guy at the Apple store on 14th Street really liked me.
Most played song on your iPod: "Always Someone Cooler Than You" by Ben Folds
Web obsession: All That Chat, baby! All That Chat!
Last book you read: I'm reading "Act One" by Moss Hart.
Must-see TV show: "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew"
Last good movie you saw: When did "Return of the King" come out?
Favorite board game: Monopoly. I'm a purist.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Elvis Costello
Pop culture guilty pleasure: I'm not sure I can feel any guiltier than I do about "Celebrity Rehab."
First stage kiss: Veronica Stopa in Play It Again, Sam. In anticipation of the kiss, she managed to press her lips together while shouting "No tongue!" (impressive, right?) During the kiss, she made kind of a grunting/ wretching/ clicking noise in her throat.
Favorite post-show meal: Is Jameson a meal? If not, I gotta say I like the peppercorn steak at AOC on Bleecker.
How you got your Equity card: The Geography of Luck at Steppenwolf Theatre in 1988. I got to say the line, "I had my first orgasm watching you on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.'"
Worst onstage mishap: I assume it will be in Our Town immediately after I send this off to you.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? No one. None of them. That would be awesome, though. Marlane Meyer, who wrote The Geography of Luck, writes one of them so, hey, Marlane, how about a li'l sump'n-sump'n for the shout out?
Worst costume ever: Oh, probably the little tunic I wore as Lucius in Julius Caesar at Oak Park Festival Theatre in 1984.
Favorite junk food: Twizzlers
Who would play you in the movie? Anna Shapiro
Worst job you ever had: Famous Fido's Doggie Deli. I will leave the rest to your imagination.
Leading man role you've been dying to play The difference between me and a real actor (the main one, there are many) is that I don't have the actual drive required to do what they do and go through what they go through. I got the part I'm playing now because I'm sleeping with the director. So I'm not really dying to play anything. But if I had to pick one I'd say Uncle Vanya because it involves drinking, doing nothing all summer, and bitching about how everyone else is a jerk.
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