This Week on Broadway for November 29, 2015: Jessica Hecht


Peter Filichia, James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Carey Purcell chat with Jessica Hecht.

We review A Confederacy of Dunces, Allegiance, A View from The Bridge, Shear Madness, Dada Woof Papa Hot, Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy, The New Group’s production of Steve, and King Charles III.


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Peter Filichia, whose play ADAM’S GIFTS: A NEW CHRISTMAS CAROL, will soon be opening in Clinton, Iowa at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre.

PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, his most recent is, “The Great Parade”, available everywhere. His columns appear at MTIKritzerlandMasterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

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Guest: Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht


Jessica Hecht last starred on Broadway in the Tony nominated-play The Assembled Parties. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the recent revival of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge opposite Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson. Her other Broadway appearances include the revivals of Harvey opposite Jim Parsons, Brighton Beach Memoirs opposite Laurie Metcalf, Julius Caesar opposite Denzel Washington, After the Fall opposite Peter Krause and Carla Gugino, and her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning play The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Her many off-Broadway appearances include starring roles in The Three Sisters (Classic Stage Company); Make Me (Atlantic Theater Company); The House in Town (Lincoln Center Theater); Stop, Kiss (The Public Theater); Lobster Alice (Playwrights Horizons); Plunge (Playwrights Horizons); Flesh and Blood (New York Theatre Workshop); The Fourth Sister (The Vineyard Theatre). She has spent nine seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she recently played “Blanche” opposite Sam Rockwell in A Streetcar Named Desire. On film, she will next be seen in Tim Blake Nelson’s Anesthesia. Her recent films include The English Teacher with Julianne Moore, “Emma Goldman” in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar with Leonardo DiCaprio, Rob Reiner’sThe Summer of Monte Wildhorn with Morgan Freeman, and Jonah Hill’s mother in The Sitter. Her other films include Helena from the Wedding, Fair Game with Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, The Winning Season with Sam Rockwell, and Wes Craven’s My Soul to Take. She was also seen in Woody Allen’sWhatever Works with Larry David, Dan in Real Life with Steve Carrell, Starting out in the Evening with Frank Langella, Sideways with Paul Giamatti, The Forgotten with Julianne Moore, and Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone. Ms. Hecht’s extensive television work includes her recurring roles on “Bored to Death” opposite Ted Danson, “Breaking Bad” opposite Bryan Cranston and “Person of Interest.” Well known for her role as “Susan” on “Friends,” she also starred in “The Single Guy” with Jonathan Silverman, and in James Brooks’s “What about Joan?” with Joan Cusack. Her many memorable performances include guest appearances on numerous television series including, “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” “ER,” “Seinfeld” and the forthcoming Marvel series, “Violet.”



Fiddler on the Roof (2015 revival)



PF: A Confederacy of Dunces @ Huntington Theatre Company (Boston, MA) through December 20, 2015


CP + MP + PF + JM: Allegiance @ Longacre Theatre, 220 West 48th Street

HAMILTON #Ham4Ham 11/27/15 with George Takei & the cast of ALLEGIANCE. Video by Howard Sherman

MP + JM: A View from The Bridge @ Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street, through February 21, 2016

Ivo van Hove

PF: Shear Madness @ New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street

MP: Dada Woof Papa Hot @ Lincoln Center Theater – Mitzi E. Newhouse, 150 West 65th Street, January 3, 2016

MP + PF: Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy @ Signature Theatre’s The Irene Diamond Stage, 480 West 42nd Street, through December 20, 2015

Arthur Miller’s INCIDENT AT VICHY Trailer from Signature Theatre on Vimeo.

MP + PF: The New Group’s production of Steve @ Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, through December 27

JM: King Charles III @ Music Box Theatre, 239 West 45th Street, through January 31, 2016







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Wedding Dance (From “Fiddler on the Roof”)


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