2 theater companies cheer as they open new stages

October 2, 2012 • Entertainment

Actors Felicity Huffman, left, and William H. Macy pose at the celebration of the reopening of the Atlantic Theater Company, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, after an $8.3 renovation project in New York. The Atlantic, founded in 1985 by David Mamet, Macy and Huffman, has produced more than 130 plays, including the Tony Award-winning productions of “Spring Awakening” and “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” Its facelift included the renovation of 6,300 square feet of space containing the newly dedicated 199-seat Linda Gross Theater, the expansion of a 5,100-square-foot basement to create an enlarged lobby with new restrooms, a new box office, improved handicap access, a prop-building workshop, a costume shop and backstage support offices. (AP Photo/Mark Kennedy)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stage actors always seem to get the attention in New York. On Monday, it was the turn of the stages themselves to take a bow.

The Pearl Theatre had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate moving into its new home near Times Square, while the Atlantic Theater Company reopened its main stage in Chelsea after an $8.3 million renovation.

Atlantic founding members and married couple Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy were on hand to celebrate the company’s roomier home, singing every title produced over the Atlantic’s 27-year life as Macy strummed a Login to read more

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