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This Week on Stage: Star-studded ‘Fat Pig’ postponed, ‘Arcadia’ opens to raves

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Arcadia Crudup
Carol Rosegg

Looks like we’re waiting a little longer for Dane Cook’s Broadway debut. Producers of Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig (featuring the comic and Julia Stiles) announced Thursday that the play’s April opening has been pushed back until next season. But at least that show is still going on: Earlier in the week, Arthur Laurents confirmed he’s put the kibosh on the Barbra Streisand-led film adaptation of Gypsy, crushing the dreams of “Rose’s Turn” fans everywhere.

Yet, it’s not all bad news for theater folk. The Olivier Awards (Britain’s Tonys) were handed out on Sunday, making winners like Sheridan Smith, who grabbed the Best Actress in a Musical prize for Legally Blonde, very happy. Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony started its hilarious, if short, Broadway run (check out Kathy’s self-penned fictitious Playbill bio here). And our critics saw two plays: One off-Broadway dud and one splendid Great White Way must-see.

Cactus Flower: I found this D-grade off-Broadway production of Abe Burrow’s 1965 farce (starring Grease 2’s Maxwell Caulfield as a playboy dentist) to be “poorly staged, terribly miscast, and just plain difficult to sit through.”

Arcadia: EW critic Melissa Rose Bernardo claims you’ll have a “rousing evening” at director David Leveaux’s Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s period-shifting drama about love, sex and, academics (starring Billy Crudup, Lia Williams, Raúl Esparza, and New York stage newcomer Tom Riley). She raves “the acting could hardly be better … personally I preferred this cast to the original production’s” and gives it an A-.