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Acting Teacher Is Ready for His Close-Up

RHSIMON Acting teacher Roger Hendricks Simon, who has directed actors such as John Lithgow, Tovah Feldshuh, and John Travolta for three decades, is starring in the independent film The Sublet, which officially premieres tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 16), at Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village.

Simon, who is celebrating his 30th anniversary as a teacher, gives a "superb" performance, writes Back Stage's Simi Horwitz: "Simon creates a wholly sympathetic figure, a man breaking out of his self-imposed shell despite his better judgment."

The film, the debut effort of director Georgiana Nestor, will show Friday through Thursday, Jan. 22 (1, 2:55, 4:35, 6:15, 8:05, 10), 34. W. 13th St. (Subway: F at 14th Street and N/Q/R/W, 4/5/6 at Union Square).

Simon is the founding artistic director of The Los Angeles Theatre Center's Classical Lab, the Simon Studio in New York and the Simon Studio North in Poughkeepsie. He also has directed at the Public Theater, London's Royal Court Theatre, and Dublin's Abbey Theatre, among many others.

Look for an interview with Simon on BackStage.com in the coming days.

-- Andrew Salomon

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