Sam Robards

Theater pulses in Alan Mandell's veins

Theater pulses in Alan Mandell's veins

Seated in the living room of his newly built architectural jewel of a home in Westwood, Alan Mandell had a confession to make.

He was nervous about taking on the role of the elderly Gregory Solomon in the revival of Arthur Miller's "The Price" that opens Feb. 21 at the Mark Taper Forum. And not, he quietly told me, because this is likely to be his final stage performance.

"The character I play is 89," Mandell explained. "I'm two years shy of this. I thought, 'Can I play two years older? Do they have a good makeup person?'"

His eyes twinkled impishly. There's a frolicsome youthfulness to Mandell's demeanor — tap dancing is how he keeps fit...

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