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Piven 'Speeds' Like 'Mercury' to Bangkok

By: Dec. 27, 2008
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PAGE SIX in The New York Post is reporting that former Speed-The-Plow star and "mercury poisoning sufferer" Jeremy Piven hopped a flight from LAX to Bangkok in the last few days. No word on why he was boarding a flight to the distant location.

Jeremy Piven claimed he was  way too sick to show up for his Broadway show and abruptly left the production under a cloud of questions and mystery.

In a Dec. 18 statement the play's producers gave a statement regarding the Piven exit, "We have been advised by Jeremy Piven's medical representatives that he is seriously ill and is unable to fulfill his contractual obligation to Speed-the-Plow. Consequently, he has left the production ten weeks early."

Piven was scheduled to perform throughout the show's run, which is scheduled to run until Feb. 22nd.

Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz stepped into the role of Bobby Gould on Dec. 23rd at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

The cast of Speed-The-Plow by David Mamet  also features three-time Tony-nominee Raúl Esparza (The Homecoming, Company) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men).  Neil Pepe (David Mamet's Romance, Ethan Coen's Almost an Evening) directs.

The show is playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (located at 243 West 47th St.). Tickets are sold through or 212-239-6200.

Photo by Peter James Zielinski