Wednesday, March 26, 2008

How Soon They Forget

Anthony Mackie in McReele.

How interesting that reports about The Long Run, a spec script by playwright Stephen Belber that Will Smith is producing, fail to mention that it's hardly a fresh idea for Belber.

The story, about a charismatic death row inmate and the journalist who helps free him from prison only to realize he may have made a mistake, may have a better title this time around, but it's the same premise as his play McReele, which the Roundabout staged three years ago. One of my early Time Out feature stories was an interview with Anthony Mackie, who played the titular role, but, alas, it no longer exists on the website for easy reference.

Mackie is currently appearing in Fences as part of the August Wilson reading cycle at Kennedy Center, and I would love to see him play Cory in the already annoucned Broadway revival.

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