By Aubry D'Arminio
March 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM EDT
Brigitte Lacombe

The season is revving up, there’s only 85 days left until the Tonys, and one of the most anticipated plays of the spring, Death of a Salesman, just opened—but the stage news that had everyone talking this week was the revelation that monologist Mike Daisey had fabricated parts of his off-Broadway hit The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. Yet, there were also good things going on: David Strathairn joined Jessica Chastain in next season’s The Heiress, Universal hired Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes to adapt another big screen Gypsy, and Val Kilmer announced he will play Mark Twain in his own one-man show, Citizen Twain, in L.A. at the end of the month. I also chatted with Broadway stalwart and cult actor David Patrick Kelly (The Warriors), who’s currently appearing in the stage adaptation of Once.

Meanwhile, EW’s Thom Geier took in the grade A performances of Andrew Garfield and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Mike Nichols-directed Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman. “Nichols coaxes memorable performances from every actor,” says Geier, adding, “while this Salesman owes much to tradition, it pulses with energy and urgency…Miller’s play has seldom seemed so vital.” And’s Laura Hertzfeld reviewed the touring production of American Idiot. “Despite a cast of solid singers and musicians, the L.A. version lacks the spontaneity of the original 2009 New York production,” she writes. “But the touring company holds its own and sticks to the script, carrying us through 90 minutes of rock ballads, strobe lights, and worn-through T-shirts.” She gives the musical a B-.

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