Os­cars satire play names cast

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Jes­sica Gelt

Wendie Mal­ick is set to star along­side a cast with no­table tele­vi­sion ré­sumés for the world pre­miere of play­wright Paul Rud­nick’s “Big Night,” Cen­ter Theatre Group has an­nounced.

The pro­duc­tion, sched­uled to be­gin previews Sept. 10 at CTG’s Kirk Dou­glas Theatre, also will fea­ture Max Jenk­ins from NBC’s “The Mys­ter­ies of Laura,” Luke Macfar­lane from ABC’s “Broth­ers & Sis­ters,” Tom Phe­lan from ABC Fam­ily’s “The Fos­ters” and Brian Hutchi­son, per­haps best known for “Smoke­fall” of­fBroad­way.

Mal­ick was nom­i­nated for two Em­mys and a Golden Globe for play­ing fash­ion ed­i­tor Nina Van Horn in the NBC sit­com “Just Shoot Me.” More re­cently she played Vic­to­ria Chase in the TV Land se­ries “Hot in Cleve­land.”

In “Big Night,” Mal­ick and her cast­mates will chan­nel Rud­nick’s sharp wit on Hol­ly­wood’s dar­ling, the Os­cars. Over a ca­reer span­ning more than 30 years, Rud­nick has be­come known as a mas­ter of satire. In “Big Night,” as a nom­i­nee tries to com­pre­hend the ways his life might change, friends and busi­ness as­so­ci­ates share their opin­ions about the best way to ap­proach his fu­ture — and add to the comic awards-sea­son ca­coph­ony.

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WENDIE MAL­ICK has plans for “Big Night” at Kirk Dou­glas Theatre.

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