March 29, 2017

“The Value of Names” At George Street Playhouse

Two-time Emmy and Tony Award winner Judd Hirsch and stage and screen veteran Dan Lauria perform at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick on May 11 in The Value of Names. Tickets start at $35. To purchase, call the box office at (732) 246-7717 or visit

In The Value of Names, Benny Silverman (Hirsch) is a retired comic whose career was derailed by the McCarthy-era blacklist. His actress daughter is working on a project when the director falls ill and is forced to step down. Taking his place is the man who betrayed Benny to the House Un-American Activities Committee — and his former best friend, Leo Greshen (Lauria). These circumstances converge to give the two men the opportunity to confront each other — face-to-face.

Judd Hirsch made his stage debut in the early 1960s. In 1978, he landed his breakout role as Alex Reiger on the hit sitcom Taxi, for which he won two Emmy Awards. Around this time, he scored an Oscar nomination for his performance in the 1980 film Ordinary People. He won Tony Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Play for I’m Not Rappaport in 1986 and Conversations with My Father in 1992.

Dan Lauria returns to George Street Playhouse for the first time since the 2007 production of The Value of Names co-starring Jack Klugman. Previous appearances at George Street include the 1998 and 2006 productions of Inspecting Carol, and 2005’s The Winning Streak. His stage credits also include a critically acclaimed portrayal of legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi in Lombardi on Broadway in 2010.

George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in New Brunswick.