Joe Mantegna on directing theater and the importance of Lenny Bruce – Los Angeles Times

Joe Mantegna may be best known as an actor, most recently starring as FBI special agent David Rossi on the CBS crime drama “Criminal Minds.”

But he’s no stranger to the stage, having won a Tony Award in 1984 for David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Now, he’s taking on the role of director with the new play “I Am Not a Comedian … I’m Lenny Bruce,” which opened last weekend at Theatre 68 in North Hollywood and runs through July 29.

The play chronicles the life and times of the legendarily incendiary performer. Ronnie Marmo plays the title role.

Mantegna, a native Chicagoan, took a moment to answer a few questions for our regular rapid-fire survey.

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