Stage and screen favorite Justin Bartha and Emmy nominee Elizabeth Reaser will star in the world premiere of Permission. As previously reported, Alex Timbers will direct the Robert Askins comedy. The MCC production will begin performances at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre on April 29 and run through June 7. Opening night is set for May 19.Bartha made his Broadway debut in Lend Me a Tenor and appeared off-Broadway previously in All New People. His screen credits include The Hangover and The New Normal. Reaser was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for her guest spot on Grey’s Anatomy. She returns to MCC after appearing in The Money Shot last season.Permission tells the story of Eric and Cyndy, a couple who decide to follow the leads of their friends and make Christian Domestic Discipline the foundation of their marriage. The new moral code upends everything they knew about one another, their friends and more importantly, who really holds the paddle.The cast will also include Nicole Lowrance, Talene Monahon and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe. Creative team for the production will be announced later Permission Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015 View Comments
When the Falcons signed Todd Gurley soon after he was released by the Rams in March, they also acquired the mystery of his knee injury history.Nearly two months after his team added the two-time All-Pro running back, Atlanta’s offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, admitted in a video call with local reporters that there are concerns about whether Gurley will be healthy enough to contribute in 2020. Here it is in video form: “The main question, that no one seems to know, is what is his health status?” pic.twitter.com/ItSGnsTl8h— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 14, 2020MORE: NFL uniform rankings for 2020What Koetter says is fair, given that Gurley hasn’t had a chance to both get and pass a physical since the signing. But being too brutally honest with the situation wasn’t the best idea, given that the Falcons’ front office expressed great confidence in Gurley’s future health status when giving him a one-year, $5 million deal to replace the released Devonta Freeman.The Falcons were expected to select a running back at some point during the 2020 NFL Draft for further insurance regardless, but they instead rested on the three backs they took on Day 3 in the past three drafts — in order: Ito Smith, Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison. Gurley’s age (26 in August) might suggest he can still handle a feature role, but the reality is, his heavy Rams mileage and the wear and tear that came with it say he’s better off with a more managed workload.The Falcons’ recent best backfield history has been a committee of Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Last season, with Freeman hurt often and Coleman gone in free agency, the rushing attack in Koetter’s return ranked No. 30 in the NFL.During Koetter’s previous stint as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2014, he also employed committees that included Michael Turner, Steven Jackson and Freeman in the early-down power roles and Jacquizz Rodgers as the change of pace receiving back. Based on his comments and play-calling past, overextending Gurley doesn’t seem to be in Atlanta’s plans.MORE: Joe Buck says NFL broadcasts could use fake crowd noise Gurley, in his best years, has been a prolific, explosive between-the-tackles runner all the way through the red zone. With Sean McVay’s offense in Los Angeles, he also became a top-flight busy receiver, leading the NFL with 2,093 yards from scrimmage.Because of that skill set, Koetter did add that he thinks Gurley is “a heck of a player.” The Falcons desperately need a 15-to-20 touch Gurley to improve an anemic running game and support a strong passing game, given that Smith, Hill and Ollison, for one reason or another, weren’t effective filling in for Freeman last season.With the current uncertainty about Gurley’s health expressed by Koetter, there’s now a lot more uncertainty about how much the Falcons can and will use Gurley in 2020.
AUBREY BRUCE The Minnesota Vikings, including their latest representative from Valhalla, quarterback Brett Favre, rowed into Pittsburgh with their “longships” and almost totally “looted” the Pittsburgh Steelers of their dignity.See folks, it is easy for any professional football team to look crisp against wet noodles, like the Detroit Lions (who by the way were just a play or two away from beating Pittsburgh at Ford Field) and the hapless, almost hopeless Cleveland Browns who more often than not, beat up on themselves. When the Steeler defense gave up game winning drives against the Chicago Bears and the Cincinnati Bengals almost everyone placed the albatross of blame on the shoulders of the Pittsburgh “D” and the absence of Troy Polamalu. The Steelers nation and the talking heads bellowed from all points on the earth, “If Troy were in there they wouldn’t have thrown the ball with as much success, especially on late game winning drives.”Well, Troy was in there yesterday and was spotted trailing a play or two after a completion by Mr. Favre. Whose fault was it? I’ll tell you after I watch the films but it don’t look good for the Steelers resident heartthrob.Polamalu cannot help the offense of the Black and Gold. That’s my story and I’m stickin to it. Prior to his anemic performance against the “Purple People Eaters” the crows on the fence were cackling about Big Ben leading the league in passing yardage, ignoring the obvious that his stats were sort of padded as a result of competing against suspect competition.On the first three drives of the game, Pittsburgh started on their own 27, the Minnesota 49 and 39 yard line. The result was punt, punt, field goal. However, the Vikings never started a drive past their own 37 yard line during the entire game yet still managed to accumulate 386 yards of offense compared to the collegiate-like numbers that Big Ben and his offensive crew could muster.The Pittsburgh defense was on the field almost 14 additional minutes more than the Minnesota defense. That number represents almost an entire quarter more that the “Purple People Eaters” were allotted to sip on mint juleps and go over their defensive strategy. The Steelers defense could not get off of the field because the Pittsburgh offense could not stay on the field. That being said, if the defense was not on the field to score twice, Minnesota may have left Pittsburgh still undefeated.The achilles heel of the Steelers was their offense, plain and simple. The defense played as if they were paying rent at Heinz Field while the offense performed as if they were squatters. The “D” was on the field for so long, I thought that they were going to pitch a few tents, crank up the campfire and roast marshmallows, weenies and break out into a few scary stories. Big Ben and his cronies did not earn their keep against the “Vikes.” Good offenses perform well against good and bad opponents. Carson Palmer and the Bengals crushed the Bears 45-10 on Sunday. By the way, this was the same Chicago team that Pittsburgh could only muster up 14 points against losing in a last ditch effort by the score of 17-14, despite the Bears being without their leader and arguably best defensive player, linebacker. The blame for the loss to Chicago was put on Jeff Reed missing two field goals and the defense, but the reason that Reed missed the two 3-pointers was because the offense failed to score two touchdowns. See boys and girls, this is how it works. You attempt a field goal only after you fail to score a touchdown. A field goal is sort of an obtuse, perverted way to reward failure. Sort of like giving your son or daughter half of their allowance for washing half of the dishes, ya get my drift?A few folks in the Black and Gold circles were dancing a jig when it was determined that starting corner Antoine Winfield would be inactive for the game against the Steelers. If Big Ben could only collect 153 net yards passing with Winfield on the bench, perish the thought of the dismal numbers they would have put up if Mr. Winfield would have played.If the past is an accurate indicator, the Steelers will not snap out of their point scoring funk Nov. 9, at the oxygen deprived confines of Invesco Field in the mile high city of Denver. After facing the Broncos, the Steelers will return to the Steel City faced with having to set a few snares and traps for the big cat Bengals who have now turned into nasty and notorious man-eating tigers. Pittsburgh will not get a break when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs (remember the Steelers barely beat the Lions at Ford Field). If Pittsburgh isn’t careful, what was billed as a 2009 cakewalk sort of schedule might end up as a pie in the face because teams that appeared as jokes on paper currently don’t appear to be in a court jester sort of mood.
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But the “work-man-like” Leafs went to work after Rand’s marker, and were rewarded when Miller scored his first of three on the power play eight minutes into the contest.In the second period, that “work ethic” McLellan was referring to kicked into high gear as Nelson outshot the Bruins 12-1 and combined for two goals by Matt MacDonald and Miller.Nelson continued its push in the third, and if it wasn’t for the effort of Jacob Mullen in the Bruins’ nets, the final deficit would have been must greater as Nelson finished the game with a 38-13 margin in shots.Surprisingly, in a season when the defence has stepped up not only to lead at the back end but also help with the offence, the group of Patrick Croome, Robson Cramer, Darnel St. Pierre and Austin Seaman took the night off scoring.Which hasn’t been the case most nights.Which has not gone unnoticed by the coaching staff.“Any time you can have a defence that can help and put up points it’s good,” McLellan gleefully said.“And our penalty kill is a real key element to our team,” McLellan added.“If you look carefully at our penalty kill, at one point we were about 99 percent on the road . . . that particular system has really helped our team.”The win increases Nelson’s lead in the Murdoch Division to three points over idle Castlegar Rebels and four over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Nitehawks are next up on the schedule for the Leafs, playing the Green and White at home Saturday at 7 p.m.BLUELINES: After jettisoning two defenceman due to internal issues, the Leafs coaching staff has been forced to move a forward back to help the defensive core. Sunday, against Beaver Valley, Nelson Minor Hockey grad Nolan Percival was a rock of consistency on the blueline. Wednesday, it was Blair Andrews who was shifted back to the defence. Andrews was back in the lineup after sitting out since early October with an upper body injury. . . .Before the game the Nelson Leafs and Regional District of Central Kootenay presented Cathy Foxcroft of the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation a cheque for $8000. The donation is derived from bottles left by the public at RDCK Lakeside Drive Recycling Center and consolidated by the Leaf’s Bottle Depot. Playing nine games in the month of November against divisional opponents gives the coaching staff of the Nelson Leafs a good look at the obstacles facing the Green and White in its run to success in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Despite sitting in the Murdoch Division basement, the Grand Forks Border Bruins should never be considered an easy two points for the elite teams.Nelson needed to battle back from a one-goal deficit to defeat the pesky Bruins 4-1 in KIJHL mid-week action Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena.Rayce Miller provided the bulk of the scoring for the Leafs, netting the hat trick, to spark Nelson to the divisional win.“It’s a combination of things,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan as to the reason for the team’s success this season.“There are certain teams that struggle with our systems play, in my opinion . . . they’re not as structured as we are.”“(And) our work ethic every night is better than most of the teams we’ve seen, plus we’ve had lots of contributions from all lines and especially our defence.”The Bruins struck first Wednesday, putting Nelson behind the eight ball seconds into the game when Michael Rand surprised Leaf goalie Adam Maida with a harmless shot.