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LIGHTS OUT, a new series on FX, debuts Tuesday night. It's getting very good reviews from critics. Bill Irwin has a recurring role as a "shady power broker".

It's kind of amazing that this wonderful man, known for decades as a clown and comedic actor, now has a second career wind playing dramatic bad guys (ref CSI, Law & Order: SVU, etc). Easier on the body, though, and should take him far.
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LIGHTS OUT, a new series on FX, debuts Tuesday night. It's getting very good reviews from critics. Bill Irwin has a recurring role as a "shady power broker".

It's kind of amazing that this wonderful man, known for decades as a clown and comedic actor, now has a second career wind playing dramatic bad guys (ref CSI, Law & Order: SVU, etc). Easier on the body, though, and should take him far.
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Bill Irwin has been awarded the Tony as Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his work in 'Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'.

This is his first Tony Award as an actor. Bill was previously nominated for his work as an actor, choreographer and director for LARGELY/NEW YORK in 1989. He and David Shiner together received a special Tony Award for a Live Theatrical Presentation in 1999 for FOOL MOON.

Here is his acceptance speech from last night:

"Thank you so much. To be spoken of in the breath with my fellow nominees is honor enough for any actor, and to be voted this honor by people who know and love and make theatre should be blessing enough for any man. But I have blessings beyond this. I have a family, who loves and supports me, and whom I love. I have representatives who love and support me and are very patient. I belong to a strong and a proud trade union and my paychecks are signed every week by producers who are brave and strong and fearless and who bring us this Broadway season. And then I step on stage each night with three ferocious actors, who are brave and generous, and who can make the breath of life out of a cry of the heart. And with the help of our brilliant director, we speak every night, every night, the words of one of our greatest playwrights of this or any time. This is Broadway, we do this every night. Thank you so much."
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Bill Irwin has been awarded the Tony as Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his work in 'Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'.

This is his first Tony Award as an actor. Bill was previously nominated for his work as an actor, choreographer and director for LARGELY/NEW YORK in 1989. He and David Shiner together received a special Tony Award for a Live Theatrical Presentation in 1999 for FOOL MOON.

Here is his acceptance speech from last night:

"Thank you so much. To be spoken of in the breath with my fellow nominees is honor enough for any actor, and to be voted this honor by people who know and love and make theatre should be blessing enough for any man. But I have blessings beyond this. I have a family, who loves and supports me, and whom I love. I have representatives who love and support me and are very patient. I belong to a strong and a proud trade union and my paychecks are signed every week by producers who are brave and strong and fearless and who bring us this Broadway season. And then I step on stage each night with three ferocious actors, who are brave and generous, and who can make the breath of life out of a cry of the heart. And with the help of our brilliant director, we speak every night, every night, the words of one of our greatest playwrights of this or any time. This is Broadway, we do this every night. Thank you so much."
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The Drama Desk nominations came out, and WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? got the following noms:

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Outstanding Actress in a Play - Kathleen Turner
Outstanding Actor in a Play - Bill Irwin

YAY!! I so want Bill to get some real recognition for this show. I also want him to get at least the full run of his contract, since that's what he wants, too - he told me it was 8 months, which is until November.

If he gets the Tony nom, I'm seriously considering sending him flowers. I'll certainly do a congratulations card, and probably one for this DD nom too.
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The Drama Desk nominations came out, and WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? got the following noms:

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Outstanding Actress in a Play - Kathleen Turner
Outstanding Actor in a Play - Bill Irwin

YAY!! I so want Bill to get some real recognition for this show. I also want him to get at least the full run of his contract, since that's what he wants, too - he told me it was 8 months, which is until November.

If he gets the Tony nom, I'm seriously considering sending him flowers. I'll certainly do a congratulations card, and probably one for this DD nom too.
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The first set of nominations for this Broadway awards season came out today, the Outer Circle Critics Awards. Outer Critics Circle is the organization of writers and commentators for all media covering New York theater.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? has been nominated for
Outstanding Revival of a Play
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play - Kathleen Turner
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - David Harbour
Outstanding Direction of a Play - Anthony Page

That's right, no nomination for Bill Irwin. It's criminal. I think it's more important that he get a Tony nomination next month, but I really, really want to see him get his due. He's incredible in this show.

Those who did get the nod:

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Alan Alda - Glengarry Glen Ross
Billy Crudup - The Pillowman
James Earl Jones - On Golden Pond
Brian F. O'Byrne - Doubt
John Rubinstein - Counsellor-at-Law
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The first set of nominations for this Broadway awards season came out today, the Outer Circle Critics Awards. Outer Critics Circle is the organization of writers and commentators for all media covering New York theater.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? has been nominated for
Outstanding Revival of a Play
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play - Kathleen Turner
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - David Harbour
Outstanding Direction of a Play - Anthony Page

That's right, no nomination for Bill Irwin. It's criminal. I think it's more important that he get a Tony nomination next month, but I really, really want to see him get his due. He's incredible in this show.

Those who did get the nod:

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Alan Alda - Glengarry Glen Ross
Billy Crudup - The Pillowman
James Earl Jones - On Golden Pond
Brian F. O'Byrne - Doubt
John Rubinstein - Counsellor-at-Law
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Zowie - I've been running Bill Irwin's web site for about 8.5 years, and I usually handle about 2-3 pieces of email for him a month - some fan mail (which I answer or forward on to him), some job opportunities (which I forward to his agent). Right now, Bill has an episode of PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES airing that highlights his 30-year career. I could tell as the episode got more play across the nation, as I went from 2-3 emails a month up until recently, to 2-3 a day last week, to about 10 a day this week.

If you're in Boston, there's only two more chances to catch the show - today at 4pm and midnight. I really recommend it. Bill Irwin is a fabulously talented man as well as being a really wonderful human being.
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Zowie - I've been running Bill Irwin's web site for about 8.5 years, and I usually handle about 2-3 pieces of email for him a month - some fan mail (which I answer or forward on to him), some job opportunities (which I forward to his agent). Right now, Bill has an episode of PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES airing that highlights his 30-year career. I could tell as the episode got more play across the nation, as I went from 2-3 emails a month up until recently, to 2-3 a day last week, to about 10 a day this week.

If you're in Boston, there's only two more chances to catch the show - today at 4pm and midnight. I really recommend it. Bill Irwin is a fabulously talented man as well as being a really wonderful human being.

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