First Nighter: Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Parker Trod Local Boards

October 20, 2014 2:00 AM

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The Belle of Amherst--in which Emily Dickinson chats volubly and possibly in contrast to the common perception of her--was written by William Luce for Julie Harris and was presented under Charles Nelson Reilly's shrewdly creative direction. As a result of Harris' 1976 appearance in it on Broadway, she won the last of her five Tonys.

Now Don Gregory, who produced the Harris production with Mike Merrick, is reviving it at the Westside Theatre/Upstairs with Joely Richardson as the reclusive poet addressing audience members as if they'd dropped in for a chat.

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