Danny DeVito Says ‘I Need This’ Play Will Head to Broadway, Off-Broadway – The Hollywood Reporter
Danny DeVito is turning to Broadway – or Off-Broadway – for one of his latest projects.
The actor recently spoke with vanity lounge about her next staged reading of Theresa Rebeck I need this, which takes place on August 30 as part of the Dorset Theater Festival. The actor, who is currently promoting his latest project Little demonan animated series for FX, shared that the show may be heading to a theater stage in New York — and soon.
“Lucy and I are going to Vermont in a week to do a workshop on a play we worked on that was written as a threesome for Lucy and I and another actor,” DeVito told the magazine. “We’re going to do it on Broadway or Off-Broadway, depending on how we situate it, and it will be in a year.”
The play follows Sam (DeVito), a hoarder who is forced to clean out his house or be evicted. DeVito’s daughter, Lucy, portrays Sam’s daughter, Amelia, while Ray Anthony Thomas plays his friend Foster, both of whom attempt to help Sam face reality.
At another point in the interview, which also saw DeVito teasing the roles of Mel Brooks and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Little demonthe actor also opened up about the one time he drew a comedic line with what he would do in Always sunny in Philadelphia.
The actor pointed to a fake episode given to him as part of April Fool’s Day, during which his character Frank is repeatedly sexually assaulted by various members of the prison, including white supremacists and cops. The storyline was first discussed in a 2018 AMA with always sunny star and EP Glenn Howerton.
“There’s a famous show they wrote, but it was a joke. I started reading it and it was awful. At every turn, Frank was getting raped in jail. What is that ? Come on, he said. “I seriously had my attorney on speed dial.”
It wasn’t until he got to the end of the script that he realized it wasn’t real. “The last line of the thing, a cop leans into my ear and says, ‘April Fools,’ asshole,” he recalled. “I realized it was April 1 when I was reading it.”