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Backstage at the Geffen celebrates the theater's 20th anniversary with stories, celebs and Morgan Freeman

Backstage at the Geffen celebrates the theater's 20th anniversary with stories, celebs and Morgan Freeman

After taking the podium as emcee of the annual Backstage at the Geffen event, Dana Delany lamented the rise of technology. Recalling the days before cellphones when actors conversed during breaks, she asked the audience to imagine Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton swapping stores between scenes. “They were not on their phones playing Words With Friends,” she said.

And so began the show portion of the May 22 fundraiser for the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, which showcased irreverent, at times embarrassing and strictly off-the-record, behind-the-scenes tales of theater life. Celebrating the...

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