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Actor Michael Cumpsty shows ‘slap-sticky’ side at Two River Theater

Image, from left, Michael Cumpsty (Ronald), Mary Birdsong (Marion), Scott Drummond  (Geoffrey) and Liz Wisan (Eva) in Absurd Person Singular at Two River Theater.
From left, Michael Cumpsty (Ronald), Mary Birdsong (Marion), Scott Drummond (Geoffrey) and Liz Wisan (Eva) in Absurd Person Singular at Two River Theater. (T Charles Erickson Photography)

“English” actor Michael Cumpsty has only appeared once in a professional theater production in the country where he was born. The rest of his career in major movies, major TV series and major Broadway plays and musicals has been on this side of the Atlantic.

The Tony-nominated actor currently is appearing at Red Bank’s Two River Theater in the six-character ensemble comedy “Absurd Person Singular” through Feb. 1.

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‘The Good Wife’ books David Hyde Pierce

‘TGW’ mines Broadway for great actors

For 20 years, beginning in 1990, if you read the bios of actors in that Playbill program you get for free at a Broadway show, many actors listed “Law & Order” in their bios.  There was much weeping and wailing when that show ended and many actors lost “day” jobs.

For the past five years, though, stage actors have had “The Good Wife,” which shoots at Broadway Stages in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Not only does the Emmy Award-winning show feature experienced stage actors like regulars Christine Baranski (most recently on Broadway as the surly housekeeper in “Boeing-Boeing”) and Alan Cumming (currently starring in “Cabaret”), it added Nathan Lane and Stockard Channing (both currently in “It’s Only a Play”) several seasons ago in recurring roles.

On Friday, “The Good Wife” creators and writing team, Michelle and Robert King and CBS, announced David Hyde Pierce will be returning to TV for the first time since “Frasier” in a recurring role as “a highly respected cable news legal commentator” who’s so outraged at the corruption and murder rate in Chicago (where the show is set) “that he decides to run for office in order to affect change,” according to CBS.

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