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OFFBEAT: South Holland actor welcoming 2011 on Broadway opposite Robin Williams

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2010-12-19T00:00:00Z 2010-12-21T12:58:14Z OFFBEAT: South Holland actor welcoming 2011 on Broadway opposite Robin WilliamsBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, 219.852.4327 nwitimes.com

The talent that emerges from our readership area never ceases to amaze me.

And it just keeps getting better and better.

Actor Glenn Davis, who originally hails from South Holland and now lives in Los Angeles, is back home for a quick visit with his family over the holidays. And for the new year, he's off to New York to star on Broadway with actor Robin Williams.

It was just last spring that he was back in Chicago and starring in "The Brother/Sister Plays" at Steppenwolf Theatre.

He left at the end of March for his latest stage project back in L.A.

And after great notices from none other than Daily Variety and The New York Times, including a very kind review by critic Charles Isherwood, it seems Davis received all of his Christmas gifts early this year.

All of these rave reviews came from Davis appearing in Rajiv Joseph's play "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," which is the play Williams is now joining for the Big Apple opening this spring.

Using what can only be considered as the most clever forms of stage commentary, the play features Williams in the role of an angry tiger left in a crumbling zoo in the Middle East following the American invasion of Iraq. Actor Kevin Tighe originally played the role of the tiger in the West Coast run.

As for Davis, he plays an American soldier whose hand is bitten off by the tiger.

The complete casting for the New York run was just announced and it will begin performances March 11 ahead of a March 31 opening at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Tony nominee Moises Kaufman, who led the Los Angeles production, will again direct the play, which was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

In addition to Williams and Davis, Brad Fleischer is also returning to the role he won praise for during the L.A. run, as well as Hrach Titizian, Sheila Vand, Necar Zadegan and Arian Moayed, all returning to their same roles from the West Coast version.

I'm told Williams is exicted about this role in this play that Broadway.com describes as "a dark comic tale about a tiger held captive in the Baghdad Zoo, following the intertwined lives of two American marines and one Iraqi gardener as they search through the rubble of war for friendship, redemption and a toilet seat made of gold."

"Bengal Tiger" will also mark the Broadway debut of Williams, who already has his own Oscar, Emmy and Grammy.

According to Broadway.com, Williams last appeared on the New York stage in 1988, when he starred opposite comedian Steve Martin in a revival of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" at Lincoln Center.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or 219.852.4327.

 

 

 

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