On January 15, and again on the 16th, Ed Asner reprised A Man and His Prostate at the Metropolitan Room. The show is written by Ed Weinberger about his own run in with an uncooperative prostate while in Italy, but Asner (channeling Lou Grant) owns the prose. It is easy to forget, while enjoying Asner’s comedy, the dramatic spectrum of his work and the many ways in which he has contributed to the entertainment industry. In addition to his many awards for performance, he has won the Anne Frank Human Rights Award, the Eugene Debs Award, the Organized Labor Publications Humanitarian Award, the ACLU’s Workers Rights Committee Award and the National Emergency Civil Liberties Award. He has been the president of Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in above 100 television shows and on the stage. Although his familiar curmudgeonly persona is certainly winning, his many humanitarian distinctions make more humorous his many explicit descriptions (accompanied with charts and graphs) of “his” prostate problems and treatment. While on a cruise to Italy, he was given four hours to take in Florence (while his wife elected to remain aboard ship). He was felled by his prostate while walking the streets and [...]
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