Laurie Metcalf Keeps Her Character in 'Place'

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Zoe Perry and Laurie Metcalf in 'The Other Place' at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Zoe Perry and Laurie Metcalf in 'The Other Place' at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. (© Joan Marcus)

She’s best-known to the world-at-large for her long-running role as Jackie, sister of the title character in the TV sitcom, “Roseanne.” But actress Laurie Metcalf has had a long and distinguished career as a stage actress.

Metcalf was with the esteemed Steppenwolf Company in Chicago, and has appeared regularly on stages in New York and London – notably, across the pond, as Mary Tyrone in a recent production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Currently, she’s reclaimed the role of Juliana Smithton, a doctor turned pharmaceutical company representative whose well-controlled life is moving out of control, in Sharr White’s play The Other Place.

Metcalf created the part in the play’s Off-Broadway production two seasons ago and returns to it for the play’s Broadway premiere, now running at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood has a review.

And you can join Metcalf, her co-star Daniel Stern and the playwright, along with WQXR’s Elliott Forrest, for a conversation about The Other Place at 5 pm on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Jerome L. Greene Performance. Watch a live video Webcast or get tickets here.

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