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COLLECTED STORIES To Play Final Performance Sunday, June 13






“Linda Lavin is brilliant! She’s a marvel to watch in this splendid MTC production.” – Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

Manhattan Theatre Club’s acclaimed production of COLLECTED STORIES, written by Donald Margulies and directed by Lynne Meadow, will begin its final week of performances tonight at 7 PM at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The production will play the final performance of its extended limited engagement on Sunday, June 13 after playing 55 regular performances and 21 previews.

COLLECTED STORIES began previews on Friday, April 9 and opened on Wednesday, April 28. This Broadway premiere was honored by critics for Margulies’ play, Meadow’s direction, and the performances of Tony nominee Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson. Below is a sampling of the notices for the production:

“Linda Lavin raises an eyebrow and communicates more than a lesser actor might squeeze from a long monologue. She knows this woman down to her fingertips, investing Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ words with a piercing truth. Sarah Paulson gives an effective performance. Her teary earnestness in the climactic scene rings true.”  – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“Lovingly directed by Lynne Meadow, Donald Margulies delivers an engrossing play with characters that are interesting, intelligent women.” – Linda Winer, Newsday Continue reading

Celebrated Broadway Stars Featured on “The Joan Hamburg Show” Tomorrow








Tomorrow’s broadcast of WOR’s “The Joan Hamburg Show” will feature New York’s most celebrated stars. The program can be found on 710 AM from 12–2 PM on Wednesday, June 2.

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Playwright Donald Margulies at Drama Book Shop on Monday May 17




Pulitzer Prize winner, Donald Margulies, whose plays, the Tony nominated TIME STANDS STILL and COLLECTED STORIES were produced by Manhattan Theatre Club this season, will appear on Monday, May 17 at 5pm at the Drama Book Shop (250 W. 40th Street).

Mr. Margulies will be reading from his plays and participating in a discussion afterwards. There will also be a book signing opportunity.  

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Drama League Awards – Nomination for Distinguished Performance Award

This is Ms. Lavin’s fifth Tony nomination. She has previously been nominated for The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Diary of Anne Frank, Broadway Bound, and The Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play for her role as Kate in Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound.


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Wikipedia.org: www.wikipedia.org/LindaLavin

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Broadwayworld.com: www.broadwayworld.com/LindaLavin


LINDA LAVIN (Ruth Steiner) won a Tony award for her performance in Broadway Bound in 1987 as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics’, and Helen Hayes. She is a 4 time Tony nominee for her roles in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Twice again winner of the drama desk award and two time golden globe winner for her role as Alice on the t.v. show “Alice.” She was born, raised and educated in Portland, Maine and graduated from the College of William and Mary which has recently conferred on her a Doctor of Arts degree. She started her career in musicals in the chorus and has worked her way up to this part in Collected Stories. She credits her great friend and mentor, Hal Prince, with changing her llife many times, including the trip he and his wife, Judy, hosted to China. He gave her her first speaking role on a New York stage, and other roles thereafter. She credits Lynne Meadow, too, for enhancing her life and work, first with Allergist’s Wife and now with Collected Stories. When they are not touring her concert act with her musical director, Billy Stritch, she and her multi talented husband and drummer, Steve Bakunas, own and operate the Red Barn Studio, a 47 seat community theatre in Wilmington, North Carolina for which they have performed or directed 9 plays in the past 3 years – among them – Doubt, Driving Miss Daisy, Speed the Plow, Rabbit Hole. They have a beagle/jack named Mickey and a wonderful life.



Read Playbill.com’s “Brief Encounter” with Linda Lavin: CLICK HERE

Read Broadway.com interview with Linda Lavin: CLICK HERE

Read The Star News profile on Linda Lavin: CLICK HERE


“Linda Lavin raises an eyebrow and communicates more than a lesser actor might squeeze from a long monologue. She knows this woman down to her fingertips, investing Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ words with a piercing truth.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times


[Pictured: Linda Lavin (Ruth Steiner)]


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Highlights of 2009-2010 Broadway Season

2009-2010 Broadway Season Officially Ends


Burn The Floor • Bye Bye Birdie • The Royal Family • Hamlet • After Miss Julie • Wishful Drinking • Ragtime • White Christmas  • A Little Night Music • A View From the Bridge • The Miracle Worker • A Behanding in Spokane •
Times Stands Still • Present Laughter • Next Fall • Looped • Red • Lend Me a Tenor • Million Dollar Quartet • La Cage aux Folles •  Sondheim on Sondheim • Fences • Collected Stories • Everyday Rapture

With the opening last night of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Everyday Rapture, the 2009-2010 Broadway Season officially comes to an end.
One of the busiest and exciting Broadway seasons in years included many moments that will make it truly memorable.  
Follow along with us on Twitter (@BBBway) as we look back at this electric, star-packed season.  
“Last summer, the Longacre heated up with the dancers of BURN THE FLOOR.  Maks and Karina from DWTS were a special treat for audiences.”
“The new Henry Miller’s Theatre opened in September with the first revival of the famous rock-n-roll musical BYE BYE BIRDIE.  Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon!”

“THE ROYAL FAMILY was so luscious, even the NY Times is still talking about it:   http://tinyurl.com/39yw4vg .”
“Jude Law returned to Broadway last fall in the Donmar Warehouse’s mega-hit acclaimed production of HAMLET.”
“Celebrated stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury lit up Broadway this Winter in the first revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.”
“Carrie Fisher had audiences rolling in the aisles as she told her sordid, martini soaked tale in WISHFUL DRINKING.”
“The Neil Simon Plays: Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by David Cromer, earns enthusiastic reviews, but plays briefly at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.”
“Patrick Marber’s AFTER MISS JULIE brought Sienna Miller & Jonny Lee Miller together in an intoxicating tango.”
 “Signature Theatre enjoys one of its biggest critical successes with the marathon trilogy production, Horton Foote’s THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, directed by Michael Wilson.”
“The celebrated musical RAGTIME returned to Broadway this Fall, breathing new life into the beloved American epic.”
“IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS returned to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre this Winter, making it New York’s newest holiday tradition.”

“The new year began dramatically with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson in a definitive production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE.
“The dashing Victor Garber nailed the classic Noel Coward matinee idol role in a very funny revival of PRESENT LAUGHTER.”
“Donald Margulies’ newest play, TIME STANDS STILL earns rave reviews in its Broadway debut at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.”
“THE MIRACLE WORKER brought Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin to Circle in the Square for her Broadway debut, alongside Tony nominee Alison Pill.”
“Valerie Harper returned to Broadway in March in a tour-de-force performance as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED.”
“Geoffrey Naufft’s new American play NEXT FALL opened in March and was lauded by critics for its humor, compassion and depth.”
“March roared in like a lion with Chris Walken’s memorable portrayal of a one-handed man in A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE.”
“In April, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET became Broadway’s newest smash hit musical featuring a treasure trove of beloved rock and roll songs.”
“Uproarious laughter has filled The Music Box since the April bow of Ken Ludwig’s madcap comedy Lend Me A Tenor, directed by Stanley Tucci.”
“Stage & screen vet Alfred Molina and Broadway newcomer Eddie Redmayne paint NY RED in John Logan’s new play, directed by Michael Grandage.”
“LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens to raves for Kelsey Grammer & Douglas Hodge and the ingeniously reinvented production, directed by Terry Johnson.”
“The adoration for Sondheim’s musical genius continued this spring in SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM.  Barbara Cook is a rare treat for Broadway audiences.”
“Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES premiered on Broadway at MTC, starring Linda Lavin, Sarah Paulson and directed by Lynne Meadow.”
“The first Broadway revival of FENCES, directed by Kenny Leon, opened to a chorus of raves for stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
“Sherie Rene Scott finished the season off with a bang, wowing critics with her new musical EVERYDAY RAPTURE.” 

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MTC’s COLLECTED STORIES hailed by critics




Linda Lavin is


Sarah Paulson is

“TERRIFIC!” -New York Magazine

“An engaging tale with intelligence and sharp, literate humor.” -New York Times

The Manhattan Theatre Club production of COLLECTED STORIES by Donald Margulies, directed by Lynne Meadow featuring Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson opened last night to overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics.

Below is a sampling of what critics said about the production:

“Linda Lavin raises an eyebrow and communicates more than a lesser actor might squeeze from a long monologue. She knows this woman down to her fingertips, investing Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ words with a piercing truth. Sarah Paulson gives an effective performance. Her teary earnestness in the climactic scene rings true.”
–     Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“Lovingly directed by Lynne Meadow, Donald Margulies delivers an engrossing play with characters that are interesting, intelligent women.”
–     Linda Winer, Newsday

“Linda Lavin is brilliant. She’s a marvel to watch in this splendid Manhattan Theatre Club production. Lynne Meadow skillfully guides the cast through Margulies’ absorbing exploration of power, betrayal and morality.”
–     Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

“Sarah Paulson is terrific. Her performance is brittle and precise, which is what makes it so effective. She and Linda Lavin tear up the stage All About Eve style.”
–     Stephanie Zacharek, New York Magazine

“An exemplary revival of an engrossing play in the expert hands of Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson. Lavin is a joy to watch. She gives one of those complete, nuanced performances with astonishing fidelity. Paulson is a fine actress giving an adept, profound portrait.”
–     Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

“Funny, powerful, and satisfying with sensitive direction by Lynne Meadow. Linda Lavin is brilliant and commanding as ‘Ruth Steiner,’ while Sarah Paulson is very good as ‘Lisa Morrison.’”
–     Robert Feldberg, Bergen Record

“So profound that all breathing in the auditorium seems to magically cease. There’s plenty to savor in Donald Margulies’ endlessly perceptive play. Linda Lavin’s performance is the stuff of superlative acting while Sarah Paulson charts her character’s transformation with commendable subtlety. Both actresses profit from Lynne Meadow’s astute guidance.”
–     David Finkle, Theatermania

The design team for COLLECTED STORIES includes Santo Loquasto (Scenic Design), Jane Greenwood (Costume Design), Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), and Obadiah Eaves (Sound Design).
This acclaimed drama chronicles the relationship between two female writers – a celebrated New York author (Lavin) and her young protégé (Paulson). As their fascinating story evolves, and the line between fact and fiction blurs, the twists and turns of this complex relationship weave a play that’s as smart and witty as it is powerful.

Lavin and Meadow reunite for this Broadway premiere after working together on MTC’s hit production of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.
For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

  • Single tickets to COLLECTED STORIES are available via www.Telecharge.com; by telephone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 if outside the NY metro area; and at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue).
  • COLLECTED STORIES tickets range in price from $57.00-$97.00.

Please note COLLECTED STORIES is dark on Mondays:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 2: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, MAY 3 – SUNDAY, JUNE 13: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

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New York Magazine on Collected Stories: “Two Terrific Actors, Lavin & Paulson, Tear Up The Stage”

COLLECTED STORIES opened last night at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play by Donald Margulies, directed by Lynne Meadow featuring Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics.

Below is the New York Magazine’s rave review of the production:
The Theater Review 

The Devil’s Disciple
Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson tear up the stage, All About Eve style, in Collected Stories.

By Stephanie Zacharek 
Published Apr 28, 2010

Early in Donald Margulies’s Collected Stories, the acclaimed and crotchety short-story writer played by Linda Lavin asks her eager, obsequious fiction-writing student (Sarah Paulson) why she ends every declarative sentence with a question mark. “I’m not absolutely certain, but I think more young women speak this way than young men. And there’s something almost poignant about it, all these capable young women somehow begging to be heard, begging to be understood. ‘Can you hear me?’ ‘Are you with me?’ ‘Am I being heard?'” She’s an exacting teacher making the ultimate demand of her student: The young woman needs not only to find her voice, but to make sure it’s a declarative one.

By the play’s end, her voice is declarative all right; in fact, it’s so big you can’t miss it. Collected Stories digs into some complex and mildly intriguing ideas: Is a writer entitled to ownership of his or her experiences, or is it okay for another writer to appropriate them? And although Margulies wrote the play in 1996 (it was a Pulitzer finalist in 1997), many young people—particularly women—are still putting that questionable question mark at the end of all their sentences.

But the real value of Collected Stories lies in the challenge it presents its two terrific actors, who spend the play parrying and sparring and cuffing each other, first with mother-and-cub affection and later with venomous resentment. Both Lavin and Paulson—under the direction of Lynne Meadow—give their all to the contest, and by the play’s end, you can see what it costs them. Lavin plays this grand-dame writer as a down-to-earth diva. She may be sharply critical of her young disciple, but she’s not inhumane. And in a confessional and vulnerable moment, when she shares the details of a youthful affair, her demeanor suddenly turns charmingly, disarmingly girlish.

Paulson is the real terror here: Her performance is brittle and precise, which is what makes it so effective. Collected Stories is essentially a high-toned All About Eve, although Paulson’s character is both less overtly devious and more horrifying than the infamous Eve Harrington. When we first meet her, she’s a perky but insecure prepster in a cotton dress. Eventually she’ll become a highly polished and ambitious performer who relishes addressing an adoring 92nd Street Y audience in a sleek black dress—not simply a writer, but something far more dreadful to behold: a literary figure. 

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