Shhh, don’t let any critics into the Sunset Millenium (Tiffany) Theater on the Sunset Strip. It’s currently the home of the Actors Studio’s production of August Wilson’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fences.”
Director Jeff Hayden reminds us that the Studio prohibits reviews or even newspaper advertising for their shows. And Hayden warns that the show ends May 14 when the building is skedded to be torn down for an office building. Unless another theater is found for this powerful production it’s gone.
Its magnificent cast is mostly Actors Studio trained and received a standing ovation at the performance we watched. I was told they receive the same applause at each show.
Ironically, the Actors Studio’s co-president, Al Pacino, is starring cross-town in Westwood at the Wadsworth Theater in “Salome.” It is getting plenty of press. None of it complimentary.
Hayden and wife Eva Marie Saint, she is also a longtime Actors Studio member, took in a performance of Pacino’s ‘Salome” on a night off “Fences.” Much as they wanted to cheer fellow Actors Studio classmate Pacino, they admitted to me the critics were (are) right about his “Salome” interpretation.
Hayden has directed his wife Eva Marie Saint many times on stage, the plays including “Summer and Smoke,” “Desire Under The Elms,” “Death of a Salesman,” “Country Girl” and most recently “Touch the Name.”
He’s trying to convince her to do “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” with him directing. It would be a helluva change from her most recent role as Superman’s stepmother in “Superman Returns” which bows next month, part of the summer blockbuster season.
Eva Marie says the production in Australia was so lavish they even grew their own cornfield on the (Clark) Kent farm location during the lengthy shooting schedule.
“The corn must have amortized out to $40 per ear,” she laughed.
Would anyone dare accuse “Superman” of being “corny”?