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September 20, 2005 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
With her acceptance speech still stuck in her bodice, S. Epatha Merkerson was clearly the standout star in a huge tent brimming over with celebrities Sunday night. Friends and well-wishers crowded around her table at HBO's post-Emmy celebration to tell her they loved her in "Lackawanna Blues" -- or that they just plain love her.
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June 10, 2010 | By Randee Dawn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Law & Order's" S. Epatha Merkerson does not get the good lines. She is not one of the show's leads. And except in a very, very rare while, she does not get the spotlight. Yet, after 16 years and nearly 400 episodes, Merkerson and her character, Lt. Anita Van Buren, are two of the most valuable assets the once unbreakable show has ever had. "The first thing you see about her is the raw talent on the screen," says "L&O" show runner Rene Balcer. "The second thing is her tremendous work habits.
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December 28, 2002 | Mike Boehm
S. Epatha Merkerson, who plays the no-nonsense New York cop, Lt. Anita Van Buren, on "Law & Order," is poised to become a modern-day Hester Prynne in Suzan-Lori Parks' new play based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel, "The Scarlet Letter." Quoting sources at New York's Public Theater, where performances are scheduled to begin Feb. 25, the New York Times and Broadway.
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June 26, 2007 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
In case you're wondering why there haven't been many major revivals of William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba," two words should clear up the mystery: Shirley Booth. The performances she gave on Broadway in 1950 and on film in 1952 -- winning both a Tony and an Oscar -- sealed the deal. No reason for anyone to compete with that kind of blowsy perfection.
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April 13, 1997 | DAVID ZURAWIK, THE BALTIMORE SUN
With the good actors, you never really know where the person ends and the character begins. But it's a territory worth exploring, especially with S. Epatha Merkerson, who plays Lt. Anita Van Buren on NBC's "Law & Order." Her character forces 30 million viewers each week to consider such matters as gender, race, law, order and the workplace.
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June 10, 2010 | By Randee Dawn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Law & Order's" S. Epatha Merkerson does not get the good lines. She is not one of the show's leads. And except in a very, very rare while, she does not get the spotlight. Yet, after 16 years and nearly 400 episodes, Merkerson and her character, Lt. Anita Van Buren, are two of the most valuable assets the once unbreakable show has ever had. "The first thing you see about her is the raw talent on the screen," says "L&O" show runner Rene Balcer. "The second thing is her tremendous work habits.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2007 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
In case you're wondering why there haven't been many major revivals of William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba," two words should clear up the mystery: Shirley Booth. The performances she gave on Broadway in 1950 and on film in 1952 -- winning both a Tony and an Oscar -- sealed the deal. No reason for anyone to compete with that kind of blowsy perfection.
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June 24, 2007 | Irene Lacher, Special to The Times
SOME people would consider S. Epatha Merkerson the most fortunate kind of celebrity there is -- an anonymous one. The "Law & Order" star can ride the New York subway next to junkies of NBC's long-running and seemingly ubiquitous procedural crime show, and even though they know that they know her, they may not know why. "Hi, there," they say. "Hey," she says back. Two days later, it hits them that they've had a brush with intrepid police Lt. Anita Van Buren.
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August 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
S. Epatha Merkerson, who starred in a revival of William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City earlier this summer, is taking the role to Broadway. Merkerson will star as Lola, a blowzy, lonely housewife, in the drama that opens Jan. 24, the Manhattan Theatre Club announced Wednesday. It will be the play's first Broadway revival. The original 1950 production starred Shirley Booth. Merkerson is best known for her 13 seasons as Lt.
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February 3, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
The Center Theatre Group has postponed the opening of David Mamet's musical "A Waitress in Yellowstone" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City this summer and instead will present a new production of William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba," starring S. Epatha Merkerson. Merkerson, who stars as Lt. Anita Van Buren in NBC's long-running "Law & Order," won an Emmy last year for her performance in HBO's "Lackawanna Blues." On Broadway, she earned a Tony nomination for "The Piano Lesson."
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June 24, 2007 | Irene Lacher, Special to The Times
SOME people would consider S. Epatha Merkerson the most fortunate kind of celebrity there is -- an anonymous one. The "Law & Order" star can ride the New York subway next to junkies of NBC's long-running and seemingly ubiquitous procedural crime show, and even though they know that they know her, they may not know why. "Hi, there," they say. "Hey," she says back. Two days later, it hits them that they've had a brush with intrepid police Lt. Anita Van Buren.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2005 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
With her acceptance speech still stuck in her bodice, S. Epatha Merkerson was clearly the standout star in a huge tent brimming over with celebrities Sunday night. Friends and well-wishers crowded around her table at HBO's post-Emmy celebration to tell her they loved her in "Lackawanna Blues" -- or that they just plain love her.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2002 | Mike Boehm
S. Epatha Merkerson, who plays the no-nonsense New York cop, Lt. Anita Van Buren, on "Law & Order," is poised to become a modern-day Hester Prynne in Suzan-Lori Parks' new play based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel, "The Scarlet Letter." Quoting sources at New York's Public Theater, where performances are scheduled to begin Feb. 25, the New York Times and Broadway.
NEWS
April 13, 1997 | DAVID ZURAWIK, THE BALTIMORE SUN
With the good actors, you never really know where the person ends and the character begins. But it's a territory worth exploring, especially with S. Epatha Merkerson, who plays Lt. Anita Van Buren on NBC's "Law & Order." Her character forces 30 million viewers each week to consider such matters as gender, race, law, order and the workplace.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2007 | Diane Haithman
David Mamet's planned first musical, "A Waitress in Yellowstone," previously announced for Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2007-08 season, will be replaced with the world premiere of Mamet's "Keep Your Pantheon," a farce about an acting troupe in ancient Rome. "Pantheon," to be presented May 18-June 8 at Center Theatre Group's Culver City space, will be performed on a double bill with the early Mamet piece "Duck Variations," written in the 1970s.
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January 17, 2006
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