Think fast: Jeremy Piven’s island-shirted Zombies

 

jpivenJeremy Piven will preside over an annual benefit this Saturday to raise money for the Piven Theatre Workshop.  The Emmy-winning “Entourage” star (who has been embroiled in a messy Broadway spat), will oversee the silent auction, which includes an “Entourage” walk-on role.  Time: 6pm, Location; Rockit Bar & Grill.  More info here
 

drgore Also on Saturday, the Chicago Horror Society’s one year anniversary zombie disco party.  Time: 9pm, June 20th; Location: The Viaduct Theater; Price: $10.  More info here.  FYI: Zombie makeup artists will be on hand!

 
Onceonisland Porchlight Music Theatre is featuring a special $10-off promotion for its hit musical Once On This Island at Theatre Building Chicago, through June 28, 2009.  Theatergoers who wear their island-themed attire to the Afro-Caribbean inspired production will receive $10 off tickets to all performances.  Show info here.
 

Legal papers filed against Jeremy Piven? Move on already…

NEW YORK — The producers of “Speed-the-Plow” have filed a grievance with Actors’ Equity Association, the stage actors’ union, against Jeremy Piven for abruptly leaving the Broadway revival last month.

News of the filing was announced Friday by lead producer Jeffrey Richards, who declined further comment.

The actor quit the David Mamet comedy less than two months after it opened to favorable reviews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Piven’s doctor said the 43-year-old actor was unable perform because of high levels of mercury in his system, possibly caused by eating large amounts of raw fish.

Piven’s publicist, Samantha Mast, called the producers’ claims “absurd and outrageous.”

Said Mast:

“He withdrew from the play due to medical necessity on the advice of his doctors, after he was hospitalized and warned by his physicians that enforced rest was necessary in order to avoid serious medical problems, including a heart attack,”

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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).

[hat-tip: Us Magazine)

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