Another November, another hard-fought election, but at the Mark Taper Forum “November” means laughs about a U.S. president running for re-election.
Starring Ed Begley Jr. as a rather craven chief executive named Charles H.P. Smith, “November” is a farce written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet. Smith is the type of politician who sees the annual pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey as a potential fundraising scheme, but Mamet is careful not to make Smith a Republican or Democrat.
Stars turn out for the “Variety’s Power of Women” 4th Annual Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.The goal is to inspire and encourage people from all walks of life to get involved, give back and make a difference.
Felicity, who received an award for her work with breast cancer awareness, said: “Allowing me to be part of a solution gives me hope.”
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Who: Until recently, Felicity Huffman was seen weekly on “Desperate Housewives,” and she’s starred on series like “Sports Night.” She also earned an Oscar nom for her role in 2005’s “Transamerica.” But her roots are really in the theater, and she’s racked up credits in multiple David Mamet productions, including “Speed the Plow” (her 1988 Broadway debut) and “The Cryptogram.” She’s married to actor William H. Macy and the pair earned a rare double star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March. Huffman is currently onstage in the Mamet production “November” at the Mark Taper Forum.
Felicity Huffman will reunite with playwright David Mamet in the Los Angeles premiere of his election-year comedy “November,” which will run at the Mark Taper Forum this fall. Huffman will be joined by Ed Begley Jr. and Rod McLachlan.
The run at the Taper is set to start Sept. 26 and will end Nov. 4., two days before the presidential election.
“November” is a comedy about a sitting president (Begley Jr.) seeking reelection, and his relationship with a speechwriter (Huffman) and his chief of staff (McLachlan). The play debuted on Broadway in 2008 — another election year — with a cast that included Nathan Lane, Laurie Metcalf and Dylan Baker.
Huffman, who recently completed her run in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” has worked with Mamet several times in the past, including on productions of “Speed-the-Plow” and “Boston Marriage.” Both have worked extensively at the Atlantic Theater Co. in New York.
Begley Jr. appeared in Mamet’s “Romance” at the Taper in 2005 and “Cryptogram” at the Geffen Playhouse in 1999.
Nothing makes a public service announcement like a star-studded cast. Yet, good acting can mask lack of understanding, turning some into public disservice ads. Just consider this new one featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Felicity Huffman, Jason Bateman, Ed Norton, Chace Crawford and a number of other celebrities:
Felicity Huffman has rejected claims that Desperate Housewives is becoming repetitive.
Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, the 47-year-old actress – Lynette Scavo on the ABC series – claimed that the show has “new energy” in its current sixth season.
“So far it has not repeated,” she said. “The format is similar – you know, you go dun-dun-dun and the mystery. But I don’t think we can make a decision as to whether it’s just ploughing the same old ground again.
“My character, that’s new energy. There are places where I feel like possibly we’re spinning our wheels at a table-read and then when it actually gets down to shooting, the writers have fixed it.”
She added: “But you can’t get away from the fact that it’s the same people, we live on the same street and you’re now with them for six years. So it’s not like a Martian is going to come down!”
Desperate Housewives continues Sundays at 9pm on ABC in the US and Wednesdays at 10pm on Channel 4 in the UK.
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