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RED BANK: GO, GO ANNETTE

ThirdFilm and television actress Annette O’Toole stars in Wendy Wasserstein’s THIRD, continuing through June 22 at Two River Theater. (photo by Michal Daniel)

Wednesday marks the final homestretch of performances for Third, the Wendy Wasserstein play that closes out the 20th anniversary season at Two River Theater. For anyone who hasn’t caught the production under the direction of Broadway star and Middletown resident Michael Cumpsty, there are six more chances to catch the acclaimed and dynamic turn by Annette O’Toole now through Sunday, June 22. The Emmy nominated actress (for The Kennedys of Massachusetts, which also featured Cumpsty in a supporting role) and Oscar nominated composer (with her husband Michael McKean, currently on Broadway with Bryan Cranston in All the Way) stars as a middle-aged maverick professor at a Liberal Arts college, whose own bold ideas about Shakespeare’s King Lear are challenged by a young male student (Christopher Sears) who comes to represent everything the academic despises. Emily Walton, JR Horne and Amy Hohn co-star as the friends and family members in the professor’s eventful orbit.

The Drama Desk at redbankgreen spoke to Annette O’Toole about her role (and her time in Red Bank), with a Q&A around the corner.

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RED BANK: THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM

ThirdMichael Cumpsty directs Christopher Sears and Annette O’Toole in a recent open rehearsal for THIRD, the play by Wendy Wasserstein now in previews at Two River Theater.

As the director sees it, “it’s about challenging times in people’s lives…kids leaving home, parents being ill, political conflict…(but) it’s not a dark, unhappy play.”

The director is Broadway star and Middletown resident Michael Cumpsty, and the play is Third — the final work by the late Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein, and the closing production of the milestone 20th season at Two River Theater. Scheduled to open this Friday, June 6, the highly anticipated show can be seen this week in three preview performances, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

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