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a champion he was for the the- atre - especially for new works. “I don’t do plays by dead white guys,” said Lauria. “I’ve only done one revival in 17 years. Jack Klugman made me do The Price. He only got me to do it because he said Arthur Miller’s not dead yet! But that’s the only revival I’ve done.” Lauria knew when people saw his face they likely saw Jack Ar- nold, but he took it as a badge of honor. ”They wouldn’t be The Winning Streak (2005) considering me for these re- In this play by Lee Blessing, gional theatres if I didn’t have Dan Lauria portrayed a retired some kind of name,” explained major league umpire who lives Lauria. “John Ritter always said near a ballpark. His world is the same thing and he was right. shaken up a bit with the intro- He said start worrying when duction of his son, the byprod- they stop bothering you about uct of a one-night stand that The Wonder Years. That’s when happened roughly 30 years ago. you’re in trouble...” Lauria was best known for his After the play, I spoke with Lau- work as Kevin Arnold’s father on ria at the opening night recep- The Wonder Years. In my first tion. Both of us held a beer in time interviewing him for a cover our hands, and I couldn’t stop story, I learned just how much of NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 106