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News & updates: 2010

December 4, 2010
John guest-starred on Smallville last night, and did several interviews promoting the episode (please note, the interviews contain spoilers for "Luthor", and possibly for forthcoming episodes as well): Give Me My Remote, Newsarama, IGN, and E!Online.

Harps & Angels
In other news, on November 21 John attended the opening night of the new musical Harps & Angels, starring Michael McKean (Smallville's own Perry White). Here he is with Mr. McKean's lovely wife, Annette O'Toole (photo by Ryan Miller, Capture Imaging):

November 20, 2010
John will be appearing in 4 episodes this season, including episode 13, "Beacon", which will also feature Annette O'Toole. The CW has released several promo images featuring John for the December 3 episode, "Luthor":

International Myeloma Foundation
On November 13, John attended the International Myeloma Foundation's 4th Annual Comedy Celebration. You can view videos from the event featuring John here and here. In the first video, John talks a little about his return to Smallville, and in the second video he pops up briefly in an interview with Annette O'Toole. There are some photos from the event from Zimbio and Broadway World:

November 12, 2010
John will be appearing in Smallville's December 3 episode, entitled "Luthor". You can check out the episode description at Kryptonsite, among other places.

TRON: Evolution
John is voicing villain Abraxas in this new video game. There's a behind the scenes featurette up on YouTube, featuring interviews with the main cast.

Primary Stages Gala
On November 1, John attended Primary Stages' annual gala. Pics from Broadway.com, Theatermania, and Broadway World:

September 18, 2010
Some Men
John will be appearing in a one-night only reading of Terrence McNally's Some Men on October 4 at 8pm. The reading, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, will also feature Alan Cumming, Luke MacFarlane, Jason Ritter, and Steven Weber. John previously appeared in Some Men in 2006.
August 25, 2010
Secrets of the Trade & Smallville
John and his Secrets of the Trade co-star Noah Robbins were recently interviewed on NY1's On Stage program. You can see the interview here for more information.

In other news, Ausiello has revealed that John will be returning to his role as Lionel Luthor on Smallville for the show's 10th and final season. John will be in at least two episodes, which are expected to air in November.

August 14, 2010
Secrets of the Trade
Secrets of the Trade had its opening night on August 10, with John's performance garnering great reviews across the board:

The New York Times: "Mr. Glover is well cast as the debonair Martin, oozing sophistication and the kind of gushing enthusiasm for other peopleís work that doesnít really hide a blinkered fixation on his own."

Variety: "John Glover, too, plays fashionable, fictional playwright Martin Kerner with a leonine grace that renders bearable even his most pretentious musings on a life in the theatah."

Theatermania: "Glover is absolutely magnificent as Marty, displaying a volatile temper and a tendency for brutal criticism, along with a tender affection and surprising vulnerability. Much of this is conveyed in non-verbal ways, such as in a drunken phone conversation that he has with Andy, and the pained expression that crosses his face after Marty says something that he seems to almost instantly regret."

The Village Voice: "Best of all, there's Glover, seizing every opportunity in a role that travels from aristocratic hauteur to falling-down drunkenness, the latter charged with such inventive body English that I now want to see this invaluable actor in a dance role."

Backstage: "Under Matt Shakman's smart, inventive direction, the show moves with style and speed, propelled by terrific performances from Noah Robbins and John Glover. [...] Glover, one of our finest stage actors, makes a meal out of Kerner, embracing all the character's glamour and style without ever stinting on the humanity beneath. Together, the two actors create theatrical magic."

TimeOut: "And then thereís the magnificent, suave, quicksilver John Glover, nibbling on every piece of scenery in sight, yet giving his fellow performers total energy and focus. Glover paints an indelible portrait of a showman from a vanished age, one for whom sexual identity was fiercely private and business trumped personal loyalty."

Financial Times: "Lipman and Kerner conduct their first meeting at New Yorkís lost, lamented Caf? des Artistes. Itís a wonderful scene, with Lipman, given terrier-puppy eagerness by Noah Robbins, anxious to impress, and Kerner, given embattled, leonine grandeur by John Glover, attempting to buff away Lipmanís rough edges."

Capital: "Glover, as the theater impresario, effortlessly shows us all of Kernerís contradictions: kind and callous, nurturing and dismissive, accessible and reticent to share too much about himself. Itís a testament to Glover that whenever Andy has a scene with his parents (Amy Aquino and Mark Nelson, toiling in underwritten roles), you wonder what Kerner might be doing at that moment. In fact, you half wish that the play had centered around the teacher, rather than the student."

Theater News Online: "Jonathan Tolinsí Secrets of the Trade is less than the sum of its parts, but when an actor of John Gloverís stature is one of those parts, itís a must-see regardless. Itís no secret that the Tony-winning Glover is an outstanding actor, but heís often tucked into supporting roles. Here, though, he takes center stage, as a theatrical wunderkind whose power and influence Ė and withholding of that same power and influence Ė mesmerize and frustrate a would-be impresario."

Photos from opening night, from Theatermania, Broadway.com, Broadway World, Playbill, and the Primary Stages twitter:

In addition, you can enjoy this set of behind-the-scenes interviews from Broadway.com, and two additional stills from the play from The New York Times:

August 5, 2010
Secrets of the Trade
Primary Stages has released several stills from Secrets of the Trade, (c) Primary Stages:

July 25, 2010
Secrets of the Trade
Secrets of the Trade begins performances on Tuesday, July 27. Check out the Primary Stages website for ticket info. In the meantime, Theatermania has an interview with John, and you can take a look at the show "journal" including these awesome rehearsal photos, (c) Primary Stages:

July 1, 2010
Secrets of the Trade - Meet the Press
The cast and crew of Secrets of the Trade - John, Noah Robbins, Amy Aquino, Bill Brochtrup, Mark Nelson, director Matt Shakman, and writer Jonathan Tolins - had their first rehearsal and photo shoot yesterday. Photos below are from Theatermania, Playbill, Broadway.com, BroadwayWorld, and the Primary Stages twitter feed:

June 26, 2010
Secrets of the Trade
Tickets are now on sale for Secrets of the Trade, which runs July 27 - September 4. Check out the Primary Stages website for more information.
May 22, 2010
Secrets of the Trade
John's next play, Secrets of the Trade, has now been officially announced by Primary Stages. The play will run July 27 - September 4 at 59E59 Theaters, with opening night on August 11. Noah Robbins (Brighton Beach Memoirs) will play Andy, with Amy Aquino, Bill Brochtrup, and Mark Nelson also starring. The play, by Jonathan Tolins, is directed by Matt Shakman. The creative team includes Mark Worthington (set), Mike Durst (lights) and John Gromada (sound). Additional information is available on the Primary Stages website. Tickets will go on sale next month.

The Bride Collector
John's audiobook of Ted Dekker's The Bride Collector got a pretty awesome review from AudioFile: "Celebrated stage and film actor John Glover plants his molars in Ted Dekkerís thriller and hangs on like an English bulldog. In this white-knuckle ride, FBI Special Agent Brad Raines faces off with psychopath Quentin Gauld. Here's a character so intelligent yet so twisted and evil that there are times the listener forgets to breathe. You want it to stop, but you don't want to miss a word. Glover relishes each twisted, bloodcurdling phrase as he climbs into the skin of the killer, allowing listeners a glimpse into the psyche of a monstrous creation. Kudos to Dekker and Glover."

May 6, 2010
Tony Nominations
Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Royal Family, which has garnered five Tony nominations, including Best Revival.

April 13, 2010
The Bride Collector
The audiobook of Ted Dekker's crime thriller The Bride Collector, read by John, is released today. It's available from Amazon, among others, and an audioclip and further info can be found on the Hachette Audio site.

April 10, 2010
The Lisbon Traviata
The play closes tonight! Check out the Kennedy Center website for last-minute tickets.

Backstage has another great review: "Like Nathan Lane before him, John Glover, in "The Lisbon Traviata," is tearing the house down with his wildly funny turn as Mendy, the Callas-obsessed queen panting to hear a live bootleg recording of her performance of "La Traviata" in Lisbon. The brilliant Glover makes the outrageous Mendy completely his own while never neglecting the lonely, needy man underneath."

And we have two more stills, (R) Mark Gail/The Washington Post:

April 9, 2010
Brief updates

After resolving some login difficulties, the guestbook is now updated and up and running again! Lots of new messages added from the past several months.

A new page for The Lisbon Traviata has been added, where we will be archiving reviews and articles about the play shortly. The On stage page has also been updated.

April 3, 2010
New Interviews
Delmarva Now has an interview with John on topics including The Lisbon Traviata, Secrets of the Trade, Smallville, and his recent work on audiobooks. John was also interviewed last week on the east-coast entertainment show Entertainment Forecast, on which he discussed The Lisbon Traviata, 52 Pick-Up, and Smallville.

April 1, 2010
The Lisbon Traviata
Towson University newspaper The Towerlight has an interview with John (who is an alumnus) on The Lisbon Traviata.

Two more reviews are out, even though the play is only running for less than another two weeks. Metro Weekly writes: "If this were Shakespeare, Glover would be the fool to Gets's King. Funny and outrageous yet, ultimately, the character that best understands the dangerous games being played around him, Glover's Mendy is beautifully rendered. He is, without question, pushing the boundaries but manages to do so without leaving the realm of reality. He is extravagant though not unrecognizable. A clown, but most certainly not a cartoon."

And the Baltimore Sun: "The well-knit cast, directed by Christopher Ashley, features a knock-out performance by John Glover as Mendy, the ultimate opera queen, desperate for the latest pirate recording of his beloved Maria. Glover does flamboyance fabulously, but in such a natural manner as to create a three-dimensional and endearing, not just amusing, character. The actor's delivery of the why-I-love-Callas monologue over the phone (McNally's writing at its best) achieves remarkable eloquence."

March 30, 2010
The Lisbon Traviata
The play has garnered three more great reviews. The Washington Times writes: "Act I is nonstop fun. Itís energized to the point of madness by the sheer, irresistible force of John Gloverís Mendy. Iíve rarely seen such a great performance by a single actor, but I saw it here on Thursday night. Glover himself is worth the price of admission, hands down. Even if you have a quarrel with the rest of the playóas I obviously doóyou wonít regret plunking down your MasterCard to catch Gloverís over-the-top tour de force. Itís why people go to the theater. [...] Regular theatergoers will love John Gloverís boundless, life-force energy on stage."

DC Theatre Scene concurs: "A word begs to be said here about the lively, spontaneous, moment-to-moment acting of both John Glover and Malcolm Gets. Glover underplays the gay queenís dandyish behavior and endows Mendy with a twinkling, cagey, warm charm that dips to sardonic tones to betray the characterís deep sense of loneliness and anxiety. Overall, Glover delivers a high-octane, tour-de-force performance that this aria and the entire play need. And Malcolm Gets is a worthy foil. We sense an anxiety, even despair, in the two main characters. Both actors make this show so worth seeing."

And The Washington Examiner: "Mendy is a total contrast to Stephen, a flamboyant, larger-than-life character who is, in his own words, "too much for most people." Mendy is an opera fanatic who sees life through the lens of operatic performance: Everything is measured against his own opinions of great arias and astonishing divas, primarily the Greek/American singer Maria Callas. Glover's Mendy is the hilarious embodiment of opera itself, taking every reaction to the extreme, pronouncing every feeling with fortissimo emotion."

March 27, 2010
The Lisbon Traviata
The play opened on March 25 and the two reviews that have been posted online so far are spectacular. The Washington Post proclaims that John is: "nothing less than sensational as the eccentric Mendy, who presides over the first act's delicious envelopment in opera trivia as if he himself had been trapped in a perpetual production of Tosca. [...] Glover alone is worth the price of admission to the Terrace Theater."

Theatermania agrees: "Glover is simply magnificent: the jokes are perfectly timed, the looks are priceless, and the harangues are just this side of insufferable [...] Glover fully captures Mendy's essential loneliness; he's a man longing for emotional and sexual companionship with one too many strikes against him -- including the sword of potentially catching AIDS from a random encounter over his head."

In addition, DC Agenda has an interview with John and Lisbon Traviata director Christopher Ashley.

March 25, 2010
The Lisbon Traviata
The play opens tonight, and Playbill has revealed two more production stills. Photos are (c) Carol Rosegg/The Kennedy Center:

The Kennedy Center has added two great videos to their website: the hour-long Masters of McNally moderated discussion of Terrence McNally's plays with John, Zoe Caldwell, Audra McDonald, and Richard Thomas, and clips of John's performance in The Lisbon Traviata with commentary from the playwright himself.

And Metro Weekly has a great interview with John and his Lisbon Traviata co-star Malcolm Gets about the play, opera, and the unique situation of being "two openly gay actors playing gay characters in a play by an openly gay playwright."

Secrets of the Trade Off-Broadway
As The Lisbon Traviata prepares for opening night, it was revealed in this interview with director Matt Shakman that John's next play will be an off-Broadway transfer of Jonathan Tolins' play Secrets of the Trade, in which John starred at LA's Black Dahlia Theatre in 2008. John will be reprising his award-winning role as Martin Kerner, with Amy Aquino and Bill Brochtrup in supporting roles. According to Primary Stages' website, Secrets of the Trade will run July 27 - September 4 this year.

March 24, 2010
The Lisbon Traviata
The Kennedy Center has added two stills featuring John to their Facebook page. Photos are (c) Carol Rosegg/The Kennedy Center:

March 21, 2010
Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera
The Lisbon Traviata began previews last night, and will officially open on March 25th. Meanwhile, John has been added to the Masters of McNally moderated discussion on Terrence McNally's work on March 22nd, joining fellow actors Zoe Caldwell, Richard Thomas, and Audra McDonald.

March 1, 2010
Level 26 Nominated for an Audie!
John's audiobook Level 26, written by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker and Duane Swierczynski, has been nominated for an Audie in the Thriller/Suspense category. The Audies, run by the Audio Publishers Association, is the only awards program in the United States devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment. Winners will be announced at the Audies Gala on May 25, 2010, at The Museum of the City of New York in New York City. Congrats to John and the authors!

February 8, 2010
52 Pick-Up screencaptures
We've added a gallery of screencaptures from the film 52 Pick-Up.

February 7, 2010
Lisbon Traviata Casting
Additional casting has been announced for John's next play, Terrence McNally's The Lisbon Traviata. Tony Award nominee Malcolm Gets has been cast as Stephen, and Chris Hartl will be playing Paul.

Ojai Playwrights' Conference
On January 30, John participated in the Ojai Playwrights' Conference annual benefit. There are articles about the show from the Ventura County Star and the Ojai Valley News, and a very brief video of a photo session on YouTube. Photo from the Ventura County Star.

January 29, 2010
Welcome LW!
I'd like to take a moment to officially welcome LW to the johnglover.info team. She will be assisting with keeping our news page updated in a timely fashion and reporting on upcoming releases, performances, and more. We are most appreciative of her efforts for the site and in continuing to promote John's work.

Pre-order the Worst Case audiobook
You can now pre-order the audiobook mentioned in our last update via Amazon, to be released on February 1:

January 27, 2010
Worst Case Audiobook
In addition to Ted Dekker's The Bride Collector, mentioned in the last update, John has recorded the audiobook for James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge's crime thriller Worst Case. The audiobook will be released on February 1, and you can listen to a short excerpt of John's performance here (contains slight spoilers, but appears to be from the very start of the book).

January 25, 2010
A Belated Happy New Year!
Even though John's play The Royal Family closed on December 13 last year after a critically-acclaimed and twice-extended run, there is plenty of news to catch up on, and new projects to look forward to.

The Royal Family Round-Up
For those of you loath to see the exploits of the Barrymores Cavendishes disappear from Broadway, you can check out Broadway Beat's scenes and interviews from opening night and a similarly-themed video from Broadway World. The must-see, though, is John's episode of Theater Talk, also featuring Tony Roberts.

The Lisbon Traviata
As revealed in Playbill, John will be playing the role of "flamboyantly bitchy and viciously wicked opera queen" Mendy in Terrence McNally's The Lisbon Traviata. The play will be directed by Christopher Ashley, and will run at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC from March 10 to April 11 as part of a short season of McNally's opera-related plays. Ticket and other information can be found on the Kennedy Center's website.

John has recorded a new audiobook that will be released in the coming months - Ted Dekker's The Bride Collector, which will be released in April.

Ojai Playwrights' Conference
John will be performing at the Ojai Playwrights' Conference on January 30 alongside such stars as Sally Field, Dana Delany, Zachary Quinto, and Ted Danson.

And now for some pictorial updates...

The Out 100
John was selected by Out magazine as one of their top 100 openly gay people of the year. The issue had a school theme, with John named as "the bad boy":

Memphis Opening Night
John attended the opening night of Memphis on October 19 with his Sorrows & Rejoicings co-star Judith Light and some vey fetching scarves. Photos courtesy Broadway.com and Broadway World:

Primary Stages' 25th Anniversary
Another excellent scarf at Primary Stages' 25th Anniverary Benefit Gala, on November 17. Photo from Playbill:

Ragtime Opening Night
John attended the opening night of Ragtime with Carol Kane on November 15. Photos from Playbill, Broadway.com, Broadway World, and the Ragtime Twitter:

Gypsy of the Year
John served as a judge for the BCEFA Gypsy of the Year competition, which took place on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 December. Photos from Playbill, Broadway.com, and Broadway World:

Gimme A Break!
And finally (for now), John presented Terrence McNally with the "Transporting American Theatre" award at Transport Group's 2009 "Gimme A Break!" benefit. Photos from Gettyimages and Broadway World:

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