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Mekhi Phifer: Screams From Broadway Audience 'Exhilirating'

9 January 2012 9:01 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

New York -- Mekhi Phifer is not used to being shouted at, but it's part of his Broadway debut.

The 37-year-old actor, best known for the TV series "ER" and the film "8 Mile," is discovering that audiences aren't silent while watching him in "Stick Fly," Lydia R. Diamond's complex drama about a black family.

"People are spirited when they see this play," he says, laughing.

Both white and black audience members in the Cort Theatre are known to burst out with spontaneous advice for the actors or to otherwise clearly telegraph their reaction to dramatic situations. "I had to get used to that," he says. "It's not very typical for Broadway – at least the Broadway plays that I've seen."

Phifer plays Flip LeVay, a successful plastic surgeon and ladies' man who attended Exeter and Harvard. Sparks fly when he and his younger brother bring their respective girlfriends – one black, one »

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