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Tim Robbins joins the cast of ‘Embedded’

The actor wrote and directed the play currently on Broadway.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Tim Robbins wrote and directed “Embedded,” the off-Broadway agitprop satire about a Mideast conflict. Now he’s starring in it.

Robbins, an Academy Award winner earlier this year for his performance in “Mystic River,” joins the cast Tuesday for the final weeks of the show’s Public Theater run, which ends May 22. “Embedded,” first seen earlier in the season in Los Angeles, opened at the Public in March.

Robbins is joining the show after one of its performers had to leave the production, Carol Fineman, a spokesman for the Public, said Monday. “And he likes doing the show,” she added.

The play, a production from the Actors’ Gang, lampoons politicians, journalists and the military involved in the war. Robbins founded the Actors’ Group, a Los Angeles-based theater troupe in 1981, and has worked with the company over the years while concentrating on film.

“Embedded” received mixed to negative reviews but proved popular with audiences, extending what was to have been a short engagement in New York into a three-month run.