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Jason Robards Jr. Sets Broadway Record

Jan. 27, 1964 - Unless theater historians are in error, Jason Robards Jr., whose performance in “After the Fall” keeps him onstage for the entire three hours of the play, established an acting record last week. The actor played 27 hours in 9 performances of the Arthur Miller play between Jan. 20 and Jan. 26. The show officially opened on Thursday night. Perhaps the most blasé person about the record on Broadway today was Mr. Robards. “I’ve been in so many marathon shows before that I don’t think about it,” he said. He conceded, though, that the Miller work was “terribly taxing.” “I find that I only have time to eat and sleep between shows.” Mr. Robards recalled that his role in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh,” which ran for five hours, had been “no cinch.” Almost as arduous, he said, were his roles in “A Thousand Clowns” and “Macbeth.” On his first day off today, Mr. Robards slept late and sat around “showing family movies to the kids.”


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