A Long Life in the Cherry Lane Theatre

October 16, 2014 3:10 AM

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A Long Life in the Cherry Lane Theatre

In 1962, when Estelle Parsons made her Cherry Lane Theatre debut in Mrs. Dally Has a Lover, a strip club was in business next door, and the thump-thump-thumping of music could be heard through the thin, shared wall during performances. On the evening of Oct. 6, 2014 -- and on that same stage -- Parsons enjoyed recounting this and other morsels, as well as replaying a scene from that first show, during the theater's 90th anniversary celebration.

Parsons, who, later in the evening, would receive Cherry Lane's Visionary Award, also recalled leaving a five-year stint as a personality on The Today Show to make $32 a week for the part of Mrs. Dally, a 39-year-old adulteress. Parsons mused that she was only 35 and thought at the time that playing...

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