PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: JUNE 16

By David Gewirtzman
and Robert Viagas and Ernio Hernandez
June 16, 2013

1888 Birthday of Broadway comedian Bobby Clark (1888-1960), best known for his drawn-on eyeglasses and slapstick comedy style, often in tandem with sidekick Paul McCullough. Clark's resume includes Strike Up the Band, Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, Star and Garter, Mexican Hayride and Michael Todd's Peep Show.



1967 English actor Reginald Denny (b. 1891) dies in Richmond, England. Besides being a television and film actor, Denny also appeared on Broadway when he succeeded Robert Coote as Colonel Pickering in the original Broadway run of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's My Fair Lady.

1976 Dirty Linen / New-Found-Land , an evening of two one-act plays by Tom Stoppard, opens at London's Arts Theatre following an engagement at the Almost Free Theatre. There will be 1,667 performances. A five-month-long Broadway run will be launched on January 11, 1977 at the John Golden Theater.

1998 The Argentinian performance piece, De La Guarda, christens New York City's new Daryl Roth Theatre in Union Square. The space that was once a bank is now home to the show in which audiences stand while they watch the performers suspended above by rope and cable. The performance with music, but no words, takes place entirely in the air.

2000 Blythe Danner, Charlotte d'Amboise, Terrence Mann and Bill Irwin head the cast of Massachusetts' Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Noel Coward's Tonight at 8:30. Six of the original ten one-acts which made up Coward's play are divided into two programs, which are performed in repertory by different casts.

2005 Kate Burton is The Constant Wife in Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of the 1926 W. Somerset Maugham comedy. Opening tonight at the American Airlines Theatre, the cast also includes Michael Cumpsty, John Dossett and Lynn Redgrave.

2011 A revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Miles and Douglas Henshall, opens in London at the West End's Comedy Theatre. Ian Rickson directs the play that examines an extramarital affair in backwards chronology.

More of Today's Birthdays: Stan Laurel 1890. Lew Pollack 1895. Jack Albertson 1907. Ilona Massey 1910. Eileen Atkins 1934. Laurie Metcalf 1955. Danny Burstein 1964. Rajiv Joseph 1974.