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What’s Up, Denis O’Hare? The Elling Star on His Peculiar New Play and Camping It Up on True Blood

After an over-the-top turn as Russell Edgington, the murderous vampire king of Mississippi, on HBO’s True Blood, Tony winner Denis O’Hare is back on Broadway as the title character in the comedy Elling, based on a popular series of Norwegian novels and subsequent film adaptation. O’Hare plays a man who is unable to cope with the death of his mother and is placed in a mental institution. “It’s part farce, part vaudeville, part psychological drama, part situation comedy,” O’Hare says of the new work. “It’s such a beautiful and unusual play, which is a risk because it’s not easily categorized.” Broadway.com caught up with O’Hare to discuss playing the unstable figure as well and get the scoop on the southern vampire world.

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