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Mandy Patinkin to Run Amok in Anne Frank Play

Ceaselessly entertaining crazy person Mandy Patinkin will play the lead role in Compulsion, a new play by Rinne Groff about a man obsessed with Anne Frank's diary, at Yale Repertory Theater next year. Patinkin's improvisational acting style caused trouble for his co-stars the last time he did a play was on Broadway, in 2000's The Wild Party (he smacked them, swore at them, and spit water in their faces), so we're pretty excited to see how this one turns out. [ArtsBeat/NYT]

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