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This Week on Stage: Zachary Quinto shines in 'Angels in America' debut

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Image Credit: Annabel Clark; Carol Rosegg; Joan MarcusThere was plenty of stage news this week—Nathan Lane announced his Addams Family departure, producers announced the closing of In the Heights, and the Fiddler on the Roof playwright died—but the big buzz was all about the stars who made their way to the Great White Way, including Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy, Eve Plumb in Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage, and—probably the most anticipated and lauded—Zachary Quinto in the revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Along with Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles and Wings, we reviewed them all here on EW.com’s Stage hub. Enjoy the highlights here:

Angels in America: Reviewer Melissa Rose Bernardo gave the revival of Tony Kushner’s two-play, seven-hour AIDS-era saga an A– and, referencing the show’s two-part format, said it is “too epic to be confined to a single play.” (Opened 10/28)

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: EW music writer Simon Vozick-Levinson was middling with his review of the Beatles tribute show, awarding it a B–: “Rain,” he wrote, “is less a full-fledged musical than a two-hour greatest-hits concert by the professional Beatles cover band Rain.” (Opened 10/26)

Driving Miss Daisy: Although she loved Angels, Bernardo was far less impressed with the revival of the 1980s play, starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. She gave the show a C: “There’s no apparent bond between these supposed best friends… Also completely lost in translation: Redgrave’s Atlanta accent.” (Opened 10/25)

Wings: Bernardo was more excited about this portrait of an ill woman, though, giving the production starring Jan Maxwell a B and saying: “The astonishingly versatile four-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell takes us through two years worth of ups and downs in the fractured, verbally challenged world of former aviatrix Emily Stilson…. An afflicted mind is a scar place to be, but Maxwell’s grace and sincerity make us instantly feel secure.” (Opened 10/24)

Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage: Finally, I was elated to see Eve Plumb’s Off Broadway debut come off so smashingly in this short, quick little play that I awarded a glowing A–: “You can’t help but fall instantly in love with the Off Broadway production of Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage, which stars The Brady Bunch‘s Eve Plumb (yep, Jan Brady!) as a retro relationship maven doling out advice about how to improve your love life.” (Opened 10/24)

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More Stage coverage from EW.com:

Roger Rees to replace Nathan Lane in ‘The Addams Family’ beginning March 2011

George Clooney to direct and star in ‘The Ides of March’

‘In the Heights’ to play final Broadway performance Jan. 9

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ playwright dies

Russell Crowe belts it out for ‘Rocky Horror’

‘Driving Miss Daisy’: Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones’ middling revival opens on Broadway

Eve Plumb, a.k.a. Jan Brady, shines Off Broadway in ‘Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage’