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Party Lines Slideshow: Edie Falco, Alan Alda, Cheyenne Jackson, and More at Opening Night of Porgy and Bess

Dying onstage is a tricky thing for actors: Should they gasp? Clutch their chests? Close their eyes or keep them wide open? At last week's Broadway opening of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (updated by director Diane Paulus and Suzan-Lori Parks), we asked the theater-friendly crowd how they go about croaking in front of a live audience. "I'm always very concerned with dying right and having it be accurate," said Edie Falco, who kicked the bucket in last season's House of Blue Leaves. "You don't want to die too theatrically. Then you lose the audience." Okay, so how do you die realistically when you've never actually done it before? "You watch a lot of videos of people dying — really dying," she told us. "You watch Faces of Death. It's awful. And that's all I want to say about that on this cheerful evening." (And she says she's not funny!) For more from the carpet — how sacred is Meryl Streep to her family, for example? — click through our slideshow.

Photo: Patrick McMullan