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Denise Gough: From feral brilliance in 'People, Places & Things' to a Broadway debut in 'Angels in America'

Denise Gough: From feral brilliance in 'People, Places & Things' to a Broadway debut in 'Angels in America'

At the start of Duncan Macmillan’s “People, Places & Things,” which concludes its triumphant run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn on Sunday, Emma, an actress with a serious substance abuse problem, is flailing about in Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” She’s practically teetering as she delivers Nina’s famous speech, “I’m a seagull. No, that’s not right. I’m an actress.”

As portrayed by Denise Gough, the Irish-born, London-based powerhouse who won an Olivier Award for her performance, Emma might be more truthfully wondering whether she’s an actress or an addict. At the moment, the high she’s getting from pills and booze seems to have overtaken the intoxication of performing...

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