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Geffen goes ahead

Cates proceeds with 'Unexpected' opening

In light of the Sept. 11 attacks, the delicate question of “what’s appropriate and what is not” coupled with security concerns has been the criteria for deciding when to hold social events.

Geffen Playhouse producing director Gil Cates said he decided to proceed with Wednesday’s opening and post-party for “The Unexpected Man” after hearing David Letterman say at the beginning of his show that New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani had called and said, “We all have to go back to work. We felt we had to as well.”

Cates said other factors that influenced his decision was that the play was not “a frivolous evening” and that “at a certain level this is not a commercial venture. We’re nonprofit. We lose $2.5 million a year. No one is making money from this. I think that makes a difference.”

Among those joining him were stars Christopher Lloyd and Holland Taylor; guests Karl Malden, George Segal, Frank Mancuso, Fran Drescher, Bob Rehme, Mace Neufeld, Bruce Davis, Howard Hesseman and Ted Levine.

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