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Jimmi Simpson goes ape for his 'Trevor' theater role

Jimmi Simpson goes ape for his 'Trevor' theater role

When Jimmi Simpson told his agent and manager that he was bowing out of TV pilot season in order to play a chimpanzee at a small theater in Atwater Village, they thought he was bananas. The actor, 39, had just come off a two-season run of the popular Netflix show "House of Cards," on which he played a conflicted computer hacker, and his career was at an all-time high.

But once Simpson shared Nick Jones' script for "Trevor," the Circle X Theatre Company production that's concluding its critically lauded extended run Sunday, they immediately understood why.

"Pilot season might have been lucrative, but the chance to unpack this play might save my...

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