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Broadway to honor playwright

NEW YORK - Broadway theaters plan to dim their marquee lights next month in memory of Brian Friel, the Tony Award-winning Irish playwright who created “Dancing at Lughnasa’’ and more than 30 other plays.

The Broadway League says the lights will be dimmed Dec. 8 for one minute at 6:45 p.m. Friel died Oct. 2 at age 86.

He received his greatest acclaim for his 1990 play, “Dancing at Lughnasa,’’ which won three Tonys in 1992. It was turned into a 1998 film starring Meryl Streep.

Friel in 1980 collaborated with actor Stephen Rea to found Ireland’s Field Day Theatre Company, which is committed to bringing productions to small towns across the island.

Transient charged in actress attack

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles prosecutors are charging a transient who they say attacked and threatened to kill television actress Pauley Perrette.

Prosecutors on Monday charged 45-year-old David Merck with false imprisonment by violence and making a criminal threat against the “NCIS’’ star Thursday.

Merck was arrested shortly after the attack in Hollywood.

If convicted, Merck faces up to four years in state prison. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. Jail records do not indicate whether he has an attorney.

Perrette described the attack on Twitter last week, saying a man repeatedly punched her and threatened to kill her outside her Hollywood home around 5 p.m. Thursday. She said the attack left her shaken and traumatized.
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