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Pasadena Playhouse postpones 'Stoneface,' adds 'Twelve Angry Men'

Pasadena Playhouse postpones 'Stoneface,' adds 'Twelve Angry Men'
French Stewart, left, and Joe Fria in a scene from "Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton" at Sacred Fools Theater. (Shaela Cook)

Actor French Stewart, it seems, has double booked. The Pasadena Playhouse announced Tuesday it will postpone his show "Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton" to accommodate the actor's new TV gig.

Stewart is in the cast of the CBS sitcom "Mom," with Anna Faris, that premieres this fall.

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The playhouse will instead present the classic courtroom drama "Twelve Angry Men," which will run Nov. 5 to Dec. 1. Officials didn't give a new opening date for "Stoneface."

"It is indeed our hope to produce 'Stoneface' at some point in the future," Playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps said in a statement. He added that the timing of Reginald Rose's drama "Twelve Angry Men" -- which will have a mixed-race cast -- could encourage conversation about race since  the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Stewart, best known for his turn in NBC's "3rd Rock From the Sun," shed his comedic persona to play Keaton in the play that was written for him by his wife, Vanessa Claire Smith.

The drama, which premiered last year at Sacred Fools before moving to larger venues, earned Stewart high praise.

Times theater critic F. Kathleen Foley wrote that Stewart displayed "a comical gravitas entirely fitting to his subject, combined with sheer physical virtuosity that is, quite simply, a revelation."

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