Coen, May, Allen bow their trio of one-act plays
Among the surreal celeb moments to be treasured from the opening-night party of “Relatively Speaking”: Steve Guttenberg being congratulated by Angela Lansbury while Phil Donahue looked on.Such seemingly disparate luminaries were assembled Thursday night at Bryant Park Grill to celebrate the Broadway opening of the trio of one-act plays penned by Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen. Guttenberg, who’s rooming in Gotham with co-star Mark Linn-Baker for the limited engagement, stars in the play penned by Allen. Donahue was there with wife Marlo Thomas, the topliner of May’s outing. Thomas said she hadn’t expected the three big-name writers to be the constant presences they turned out to be, attending every rehearsal and every preview performance. “They’re funny, but they’re very serious people,” she said. “They’re serious about their work.”
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