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Intelligencer: May 2–9, 2005

Terri Schiavo and the theater, one woman's beef with Anonymous, Anderson Cooper's standards of newsworthiness, and more.

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It Happens This Week
•¡Cinco de Mayo! Street fair on 116th in East Harlem.
•Final exams for Columbia and NYU students.
•Mother’s Day . . . street fair on Lexington.
•Chanel exhibit at Met opens.
•‘House of Wax’ opens—first major movie role for Paris Hilton!

Sunday in the Park With Terri?
Hard to say if Tom DeLay will like Mia Farrow play.
Theatergoers left wobbly over the Terri Schiavo case will be able to relive it this fall, when James Lapine’s new play, Fran’s Bed, opens at Playwrights Horizons. In it, Mia Farrow (in her first major stage role in 25 years) plays a woman hovering in and out of consciousness while her family debates whether to pull the plug. “Bottom line, I had a similar situation with a family member,” says Lapine (Sunday in the Park With George). But while he “certainly followed” the Schiavo drama, he says this is more a case of Homebody/Kabul than of Law & Order. Like Tony Kushner’s play, which happened to open just as the U.S. was battling the Taliban, Lapine’s originated well before current events. Now “I’m definitely going to rewrite it. I don’t want it feeling like it’s ripped from the headlines.” And if he can’t erase all similarities, Lapine is confident time’s on his side. “It’s being done in September. People have short memories.”
—Jada Yuan


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