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October 26, 1991 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took 25 rewrites and two full productions before Lyle Kessler found the right ending to "Orphans," the play that put him on the theatrical map with hit runs in New York and London and then was made into a movie with Albert Finney. Now Kessler has gone back to the drawing board with his latest play, "Robbers," which opened to good reviews two seasons ago in a world premiere at Seattle Repertory Theatre and before that had a workshop production at the Actors Studio in Los Angeles.
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June 7, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Another Broadway season, another cavalcade of television and movie stars testing their stage mettle. Some come to build their acting muscles, others come for the publicity splash, and a select few come because they simply can't stay away. The chance to perform before an audience in a work that is resonant with meaning outweighs all other considerations, including their agents and managers begging them not to take themselves out of the running for a bit part in a preteen franchise film.
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February 21, 2013 | By David Ng
The casting hole created by Shia LaBeouf's abrupt departure from the Broadway revival of "Orphans" has been filled. Ben Foster will take the role of Treat, one of two brothers who hatch a plan to kidnap a prominent older man, played by Alec Baldwin. A spokeswoman for the production said Foster is expected to begin rehearsals Friday. This will be his Broadway debut. Foster appeared in the 2006 movie "X-Men: The Last Stand" as well as the HBO series "Six Feet Under," and has starred in a number of independent films, most notably "The Messenger" and "3:10 to Yuma.
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June 7, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Alec Baldwin is done with more than just “30 Rock.” Now that the Broadway revival of Lyle Kessler's “Orphans" is behind him --  as well as the very public squabble with planned co-star Shia LaBeouf, who exited the production during rehearsals due to “creative differences” between the two actors - Baldwin is determined to leave the Great White Way behind him. For good. "No more," Baldwin told Zap2it. “Broadway has changed. It is not what I remember. It was a very, very, very exhausting experience.
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July 19, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Someone get Alec Baldwin a pillow! The “30 Rock” star scored himself yet another Emmy nomination for lead actor in a comedy with his turn as slick network executive Jack Donaghy. So after a steady stream of nominations (and the occasional win) for his portrayal, how does the 54-year-old celebrate such recognition? “I sob into my pillow and say, 'But do they really mean it?' ” Baldwin joked to The Times.  "It's really a muffled sob. And then I go to the mirror and once more ask, 'but do they really mean it?
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December 12, 2012 | By David Ng
The career makeover of Shia LaBeouf has taken another unexpected turn with the announcement that the young actor will make his Broadway debut in the spring alongside Alec Baldwin in a revival of the play "Orphans," a drama about two brothers who kidnap a wealthy older man. "Orphans" is scheduled to open April 7 at the Schoenfeld Theater in New York. LaBeouf will play the eldest brother who takes care of his weaker sibling in a run-down house in Philadelphia. Their kidnapping plot heads south when their captive turns on them.
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February 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Shia LaBeouf won't be making his Broadway debut this season after all. The 26-year-old actor has quit the upcoming revival production of the play "Orphans" in New York over "creative differences," according to a news release sent Wednesday.  LaBeouf has left the show a month before preview performances are set to begin. "Orphans" is still scheduled to open at the Schoenfeld Theater on April 7, with previews commencing on March 19. The production, directed by Daniel Sullivan, also features Alec Baldwin, in the role of a powerful man kidnapped by two brothers.
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February 21, 2013 | By Sherry Stern
Mix two actors with reputations for passion and stormy personalities and it's not surprising things did not turn out as planned for an upcoming Broadway production of "Orphans" that was to have starred Shia LeBeouf and Alec Baldwin. LeBeouf quit the play on Wednesday citing "creative differences. " "Orphans," by Lyle Kessler, is still scheduled to open on April 7, with previews starting on March 19. After he withdrew from the play, LeBeouf used Twitter to post email exchanges that somewhat illuminate the differences.
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February 22, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
It could be called l'affaire LaBeouf given the strange circumstances surrounding Shia LaBeouf's hasty exit this week from the Broadway revival of "Orphans. " The 26-year-old actor, who has starred in the "Transformers" movies and the last "Indiana Jones" sequel, was in rehearsals for "Orphans" in New York when producers announced Wednesday that he was leaving the play due to "creative differences. " The same day, LaBeouf broke with the rigid protocols of Broadway spin control by posting email correspondences on his Twitter account (@thecampaignbook)
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June 7, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Alec Baldwin is done with more than just “30 Rock.” Now that the Broadway revival of Lyle Kessler's “Orphans" is behind him --  as well as the very public squabble with planned co-star Shia LaBeouf, who exited the production during rehearsals due to “creative differences” between the two actors - Baldwin is determined to leave the Great White Way behind him. For good. "No more," Baldwin told Zap2it. “Broadway has changed. It is not what I remember. It was a very, very, very exhausting experience.
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February 22, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
It could be called l'affaire LaBeouf given the strange circumstances surrounding Shia LaBeouf's hasty exit this week from the Broadway revival of "Orphans. " The 26-year-old actor, who has starred in the "Transformers" movies and the last "Indiana Jones" sequel, was in rehearsals for "Orphans" in New York when producers announced Wednesday that he was leaving the play due to "creative differences. " The same day, LaBeouf broke with the rigid protocols of Broadway spin control by posting email correspondences on his Twitter account (@thecampaignbook)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By David Ng
The casting hole created by Shia LaBeouf's abrupt departure from the Broadway revival of "Orphans" has been filled. Ben Foster will take the role of Treat, one of two brothers who hatch a plan to kidnap a prominent older man, played by Alec Baldwin. A spokeswoman for the production said Foster is expected to begin rehearsals Friday. This will be his Broadway debut. Foster appeared in the 2006 movie "X-Men: The Last Stand" as well as the HBO series "Six Feet Under," and has starred in a number of independent films, most notably "The Messenger" and "3:10 to Yuma.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By Sherry Stern
Mix two actors with reputations for passion and stormy personalities and it's not surprising things did not turn out as planned for an upcoming Broadway production of "Orphans" that was to have starred Shia LeBeouf and Alec Baldwin. LeBeouf quit the play on Wednesday citing "creative differences. " "Orphans," by Lyle Kessler, is still scheduled to open on April 7, with previews starting on March 19. After he withdrew from the play, LeBeouf used Twitter to post email exchanges that somewhat illuminate the differences.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Shia LaBeouf won't be making his Broadway debut this season after all. The 26-year-old actor has quit the upcoming revival production of the play "Orphans" in New York over "creative differences," according to a news release sent Wednesday.  LaBeouf has left the show a month before preview performances are set to begin. "Orphans" is still scheduled to open at the Schoenfeld Theater on April 7, with previews commencing on March 19. The production, directed by Daniel Sullivan, also features Alec Baldwin, in the role of a powerful man kidnapped by two brothers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012 | By David Ng
The career makeover of Shia LaBeouf has taken another unexpected turn with the announcement that the young actor will make his Broadway debut in the spring alongside Alec Baldwin in a revival of the play "Orphans," a drama about two brothers who kidnap a wealthy older man. "Orphans" is scheduled to open April 7 at the Schoenfeld Theater in New York. LaBeouf will play the eldest brother who takes care of his weaker sibling in a run-down house in Philadelphia. Their kidnapping plot heads south when their captive turns on them.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Someone get Alec Baldwin a pillow! The “30 Rock” star scored himself yet another Emmy nomination for lead actor in a comedy with his turn as slick network executive Jack Donaghy. So after a steady stream of nominations (and the occasional win) for his portrayal, how does the 54-year-old celebrate such recognition? “I sob into my pillow and say, 'But do they really mean it?' ” Baldwin joked to The Times.  "It's really a muffled sob. And then I go to the mirror and once more ask, 'but do they really mean it?
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December 7, 1986 | DONALD CHASE
The stage is a hot source of movie material right now, what with "Extremities," " 'night, Mother," "Children of a Lesser God," "Duet for One," "Crimes of the Heart" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs." And now--"Orphans," Lyle Kessler's 1985-86 off-Broadway hit. Director Alan J.
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June 7, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Another Broadway season, another cavalcade of television and movie stars testing their stage mettle. Some come to build their acting muscles, others come for the publicity splash, and a select few come because they simply can't stay away. The chance to perform before an audience in a work that is resonant with meaning outweighs all other considerations, including their agents and managers begging them not to take themselves out of the running for a bit part in a preteen franchise film.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 1991 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took 25 rewrites and two full productions before Lyle Kessler found the right ending to "Orphans," the play that put him on the theatrical map with hit runs in New York and London and then was made into a movie with Albert Finney. Now Kessler has gone back to the drawing board with his latest play, "Robbers," which opened to good reviews two seasons ago in a world premiere at Seattle Repertory Theatre and before that had a workshop production at the Actors Studio in Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 1986 | DONALD CHASE
The stage is a hot source of movie material right now, what with "Extremities," " 'night, Mother," "Children of a Lesser God," "Duet for One," "Crimes of the Heart" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs." And now--"Orphans," Lyle Kessler's 1985-86 off-Broadway hit. Director Alan J.
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