Theater: New York on the Sands of Malibu

THE SUPPORTING CAST by George Furth

The limelight of fame casts its deepest shadow on those who stand next to it. That is Playwright Furth's proposition in this crackling light comedy. In a belated bid for personal visibility, Ellen (Hope Lange) has written an intimately detailed roman à clef profiling her Pulitzer-prize winning (Presidents and Precedents) novelist husband and a quartet of her best friends.

Instant backlash strikes Ellen. Her unseen husband has barely leafed through the last page when he leaves her and the children in a foul snit. The play's focus and...

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