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  • Patrick Page’s solo show, All the Devils Are Here, explores Shakespeare’s villains. Among his many other celebrated roles—Hades in Hadestown, Scar in The Lion King, Max in The Sound of Music, only some of whom are villainous (your call).
  • It can be a challenge for even terrific actors like Santino Fontana to stay fresh and focused night after night. “I’ll make up, you know, Gandhi is in the fourth row; do a great show.” Fontana also talks about Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cinc Sentits.
  • Eddie Izzard is eager that her solo performance of “Hamlet” — yes, all the parts — be a pleasure accessible to everyone. “Shakespeare is presented to people these days as: this is good for you. I’ve heard the term ‘spinach theater.’” Izzard also talks to us about Shakespeare and Covent Garden.
  • As a young actor Peter Riegert (Local Hero, Crossing Delancey, Animal House) played Goldberg in The Birthday Party, overseen by Harold Pinter himself. One speech was particularly opaque. “I had no idea what it meant, but to say these words was to be Isaac Stern on the violin.” Learning to trust the writer
  • At 97, Alan Shayne can look back on at least two careers — as an actor and as the head of Warner Brothers Television. Shayne tells us about his people: Marlon Brando, Maureen Stapleton and Michael Shurtleff.
  • You might not immediately recognize Ron Livingston in the new miniseries Saints & Strangers, the two-night story of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth that…