On June 13, 2008, my wife twisted my arm into seeing a Broadway play while we would be in New York celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.
The big attraction of that trip was going to be seeing comedian Ricky Gervais live at Madison Square Garden the next night.
Because Gervais was chosen for my wife, I got to pick the play.
Scouring the listings and reviews, I landed on Boeing-Boeing, a traditional bedroom farce revival from the 1960s starring Bradley Whitford, Gina Gershon, Christine Baranski and an actress named Mary McCormack who I only knew from one high-profile role—she played Howard Stern’s wife, Allison, in the movie version of Private Parts.
The New York Times described McCormack’s “glorious Olympian strut and wide-legged, take-no-prisoners stance.” And she was truly incredible, demonstrating tremendous comedic timing in a cast of top-notch players.
MARY McCORMACK podcast excerpt: “He’s been a great friend to me over the years. And I hope he always will be. I mean, who knew? You don’t expect it from Howard Stern. He’s everything you don’t expect… He’s so lovely to me and always has been – and he says my boobs are great. So, you know, it could be worse.”
When we returned from New York, we discovered McCormack’s other role—star of the USA Network’s new drama, “In Plain Sight,” which is now in its second season. It airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m.