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Sinners and ‘Scoundrels’

NEW YORK — Thursday’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” party at the Copacabana set two records.

Joanna Gleason, absent from Broadway for 13 years, returned to the Great White Way and wasted no time breaking Helen Hunt‘s sprint of 30 minutes (for “Life x 3”) between final curtain and party arrival.

Reports were that Gleason clocked in at just over 25 minutes, a record for an actress. “I never linger at the theater,” she said.

Co-star Norbert Leo Butz set another record, receiving the most thumbs-up — 26, to be exact — from his entourage before the show even started. His parents and 11 brothers and sisters flew in from Missouri for the occasion.

Sinner stage

Wednesday night was Labyrinth night at the Public. Eric Bogosian‘s Satan took the stage with Sam Rockwell‘s ultimate sinner in Stephen Adly Guirgis‘ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” directed by the Lab’s Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The big news was Bogosian’s Gotham stage debut of sorts. “I’ve lived in New York City 30 years, and this is the first time I’ve acted in a play I didn’t write,” he said. There were readings of “The Exonerated,” as well as his solo shows “Drinking in America” and “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll.”

At the Slide party, Bogosian explained, “I could not get cast when I first came to the city. I wasn’t good in auditions.” So he started writing his own shows. “My day job is writing, and I would love to give it up. Maybe they’ll be some other good Satan roles coming along.”

Producers can relax. He didn’t base his deadly attractive devil on any of them. “When I first put on the earring, I knew I had it,” Bogosian revealed. “It’s the jewelry.”

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