(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/28; via Pam Green.)

On a recent late-summer morning, the actor Denis Arndt sat down to a pint of Guinness and a plate of bivalves in the oyster bar at Grand Central Terminal. The beer was cool, the oysters plump, and Mr. Arndt had even put on a tie, a swirling print designed by Jerry Garcia. Normally he dresses up only for “openings and bat mitzvahs,” he said. But he was determined to make an occasion of this snack. And why not?

“There’s not a hell of a lot of time left,” he said, downing an oyster. “There just isn’t. Actuarially, most guys my age are dead.”

That may or may not be true, but at 77, Mr. Arndt is very likely the only guy his age to make his Broadway debut this season. On Oct. 13, he’ll open in Simon Stephens’s “Heisenberg,” a poignant comedy that begins when a woman named Georgie, played by Mary-Louise Parker, kisses a stranger’s neck in the middle of a busy train station. Mr. Arndt, who originated the role Off Broadway at Manhattan Theater Club, plays that stranger. (Theoretical physics are never explicitly mentioned in the two-character play, but Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, which states that you can’t accurately measure both where an object is and how fast it’s headed somewhere else, informs the action.)

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