You gotta love Ed Asner (if you don't, what's wrong with you? Get some help). Asner — born in Kansas City, Missouri — was already a veteran stage and film actor in 1970 when he landed the television role of a lifetime as Mary Richards' supremely grouchy but decent boss, Lou Grant, on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
. After seven memorable years with Moore, Asner got his own show (Lou Grant
) and scored a hit with that too. Since those two TV series wrapped, Asner has appeared in innumerable movies, TV shows and plays; now he's coming to town to portray none other than Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the one-man play FDR
. You'd need some spit, a lot of gravel and more than a soupcon of depth to tackle this role — the distinguished actor under discussion easily meets those criteria and then some. Enjoy Edward Asner in FDR
tonight at 8 p.m. at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre (Parker Road and Waterford Drive, Florissant; 314-921-5678 or www.florissantmo.com
). Tickets are $25 to $27.
Mon., Feb. 21, 2011