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Marian Seldes and Angela Lansbury star in 'Deuce'Terrence McNally’s play “Deuce” was ace’d out in a panning by the New York Times’ Ben Brantley when it opened May 16 (click here to read Variety‘s review). But Sunday, July 8, the Times’ Charles Isherwood served up a love set to “Deuce’s” stars Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes with a smashing page of praises (and photos).

He closed his advice to theaters that the play closes its announced limited run, Aug. 18, with “Look at them!” When I spoke (on the phone) to Angela Monday morning, she exclaimed, “We were both blown away. It was so unexpected — for him to see it on his own. And after Ben Brantley didn’t like the play. But the audiences don’t agree. They laugh. It’s a comedy, not a drama. When it closes on the matinees Aug. 18, it will have been wonderful for Marian and me. I’m forever grateful.”

And what about the future? “This is it for me,” said Angela of any further theater. “People have no idea what eight shows a week are. It’s ok when you’re young — but at 81,” she laughed. She plans to “See a lot of other people work” when she returns to New York after a month at home in L.A.

On Nov. 14, she heads back to N.Y. to be honored by the Museum of TV and Radio when she’ll see the new shows opera and ballet. “You have to plan your life when you’re at my age,” she laughed. Angela will be 82, Oct. 16.

Serving Up Another “Deuce?’

Tyne Daly has been in to the Music Box Theatre several times to see Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes in “Deuce” — as a possible venue to costar with Sharon Gless. Tyne backstage’d with Angela (they both won Tonys for “Gypsy” — Angela in 1975, Tyne in 1990).

Sharon Gless (and husband Barney Rosenzweig) had also caught “Deuce” but Sharon’s plate is too full now to take on another gig. She is starring in USA’s “Burn Notice” filming in Miami. And just returned from London where she’s planning to produce and star in a play version of Jane Juska’s “A Round-Heeled Woman,” the play to be written by Jane Prowse.

While in London, Gless and Daly also appeared on Graham Norton’s tv’er to plug the DVD of their “Cagney & Lacey” series.  And this week, while on hiatus from “Burn Notice,” Sharon is guesting on pal Rosie O’Donnell’s gay family cruise aboard the Norwegian Dawn. Meanwhile Barney Rosenzweig continues p.a’s for his book, “Cagney & Lacey & Me — An Insider Hollywood Story on How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Blonde.”

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