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at the Clurman Theater, New York

By David Lefkowitz

  Olivia Wilde

Irony or necessity? Perhaps a bit of both for Epic Theater Center's upcoming off-Broadway show.

Billed as "a new play about the Britney-Lohan generation," Zak Berman's Beauty on the Vine hopes to warn audiences of the horrors of rampant plastic surgery and the desperation of young women slavishly trying to transform themselves into pop-idol hotties.

So who's playing the lead role? A knockout TV babe, of course.

Olivia Wilde, an "O.C." alumnus currently in the ensemble of NBC's "The Black Donnellys" and featured in the recent films, "Alpha Dog" and "Turistas," heads a cast that also includes Helen Piper Coxe, Barbara Garrick, Howard Overshown, Jessica Richardson and Victor Slezak.

As in the newly revived Talk Radio, Beauty tells of a popular radio personality who's brutally murdered. As her family investigates, they discover a world where, "mothers lose their daughters to the illusion of popularity and power." According to, author Berman, one of the founding producers of Epic Theater Center (which has already scored a big critical hit this season with Nilaja Sun's No Child...), got the idea for Beauty after a chance encounter with punk chanteuse Courtney Love.

Directed by David Schweizer, Beauty on the Vine starts previews April 23, opens May 2 and runs to June 3 at Theater Row's Clurman Theater.


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