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James Franco gets bad reviews for theater directing debut
James Franco gets bad reviews for theater directing debut

If you thought Rex Reed's reviews of Melissa McCarthy were harsh, his recent assessment of James Franco's debut as a theater director is even more withering.  The cranky New York Observer critic was one of several reviewers who panned Franco's staging of the new off-Broadway play "The Long Shrift" with the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York.  The play by Robert Boswell, running through Aug. 23, is notable for being one of two theater projects that the career-multitasking Franco has worked on in recent weeks. As many of the reviews noted, the star has juggled directing responsibilities on the play with his current role on Broadway in "Of...

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