Evanston-Native Jeremy Piven ends Broadway run because of ill health

JeremyPivenJeremy Piven, born and raised in Evanston, IL, (and whose mother founded the Piven Theatre) has abruptly ended his run in Broadway’s Speed-the-Plow, (by playwright David Mamet, also originally from Chicago) after missing Tuesday evening’s performance and a Wednesday matinee

Piven, 43, has told producers that he hasn’t been feeling well due to a “high mercury count.”

But playwright David Mamet is skeptical.

“I talked to Jeremy on the phone, and he told me that he discovered that he had a very high level of mercury,” Mamet said. “So my understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer.”  (Aside: no, Mamet did not say that!!  David’s got his claws out!!)

The show will still go on through February, Mamet said.

“The good news is that some really great actors will be helping out and stepping in, which to me is a sign of great heroism and friendship,” he said.

According to the New York Post, about 300 theater patrons requested about 300 theater patrons requested refunds after it was announced that Piven was MIA.  (which I guess tells you how much star-power makes a difference on Broadway).

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The Mime Company on WTTW last night

There was a nice feature on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” yesterday evening, and I thought I’d post it today.  (hmmmm…I think that’s the first time that I’ve ever written “tonight”, “yesterday” and “today” in the same sentence).  Unfortunately it wasn’t posted on either www.wttw.com nor YouTube.  So you’ll have to *settle* for this clip that was posted on YouTube less than 24-hours ago: