Mid-perf, flu-felled D’Onofrio cuts ‘Tooth’

NEW YORK – An apparently flu-stricken Vincent D’Onofrio passed out during a performance of Sam Shepard’s “Tooth of Crime” at an Off Broadway theater Wednesday night. The rest of the show was canceled.

Medics were called to the Lucille Lortel Theater in Greenwich Village after the actor collapsed onstage during the middle of the second act. He complained of feeling lightheaded, but declined medical assistance and was driven home.

A spokesman for the production said Thursday that the actor, best known for roles in such films as “Feeling Minnesota,” “Ed Wood” and “Full Metal Jacket,” was planning to resume performances Thursday evening.

“Tooth of Crime,” a co-production of the Second Stage and Signature Theater companies, is a revival of Shepard’s 1972 play about an aging rock star. The revival features new music by T Bone Burnett and is being directed by Bill Hart.

Shepard recently visited the theater, apparently to offer advice. Rumors of troubled rehearsals and previews have been circulating for weeks, fueled by a postponement of opening night from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23. A spokesman said D’Onofrio’s mishap would not interfere with the Dec. 23 opening plans.

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