“I don’t do performs by lifeless guys,” Dan Lauria says with fun, and he’s not joking: Today, the actor, who famously performed the daddy in TV’s “The Surprise Years,” performs solely works by residing playwrights. The most recent is Shem Bitterman’s “The Stone Witch,” during which Lauria, 71, performs a kids’s guide author, which he’s in actual life, too: He and his godson’s mom, Cathryn Farnsworth, have a sequence titled “The Godfather Tales.” When Lauria’s not in Los Angeles, house is Hell’s Kitchen, “proper throughout the road from ‘Kinky Boots,’” he tells BARBARA HOFFMAN. Right here’s the place you’ll discover him on weekends.
Each time I come to New York to work on a play, I join at Manhattan Plaza’s gymnasium. They’ve a full, Olympic-size pool there — no diving, nevertheless it’s an ideal exercise. Lots of people I do know go there: Dylan Baker, Isaac Mizrahi, the record goes on. After which, as a result of I’m outdated, I’m going to the sauna and the whirlpool. Humorous factor: The older you get, the extra time you spend in these locations and the much less time within the pool!
I’m the most important promoter of Central Park. Even when it’s freezing chilly, you’ll discover me strolling via there on the weekends. Once I was youthful, I used to be within the Broadway Present League [for softball]. Today, I like to go to the boat basin and watch the children. I write, so jotting issues down is essential to me. If I get author’s block, I’ll take the E practice to Queens or the 1 to The Bronx, and by the point I get dwelling, I normally have a personality or storyline labored out.
When my godson, Julian, is right here, we go to the Museum of Pure Historical past. All 12-year-olds love these dinosaurs! What I like is after we go to the [Hayden] Planetarium and he appears on the stars. I make up loopy tales concerning the stars.
Julian’s somewhat too vivid for his personal good, so he likes going to Joe Allen. They’ve obtained a flop wall there — posters of flop reveals — and he says he’s at all times in search of my title! He likes Italian meals, so we’ll go to Mama Mia on 44th and Ninth. Even earlier than I met the girl who owned it, I knew she was from Naples. My mom was from Naples, so I do know the Napoletano. The meals is family-style and it’s not mass-produced — the sauce is made recent daily. I just like the pesto and hen, however generally I’ll get the olio with broccoli rabe and ask for some anchovy on it. It offers it a kick.
Now that it’s spring, I seize a Sunday newspaper and a bagel and head for the park. That’s when you already know you’re in LA too lengthy: In case you eat a bagel or a slice of pizza there and say, “This isn’t too unhealthy,” it’s time to get the hell outta there!