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Actor plays lawyer in Mamet story tackling race, other hot-button issues

Attorney Jack Lawson (J. Anthony Crane) explains the ropes to neophyte associate Susan (Shelley Thomas) in David Mamet’s play “Race” at Capital Repertory Theatre. (photo: Joseph Schuyler)
Attorney Jack Lawson (J. Anthony Crane) explains the ropes to neophyte associate Susan (Shelley Thomas) in David Mamet’s play “Race” at Capital Repertory Theatre. (photo: Joseph Schuyler)
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Playing “Scar” in the national touring production of “The Lion King” was great fun, but J. Anthony Crane is ready to get back to some really serious drama. “It’s quite a different experience theatrically, and quite a different role,” said Crane, who plays Jack Lawson, a white attorney defending a wealthy white executive charged in the rape of a black woman in the Capital Repertory Theatre production of David Mamet’s ‘Race.’ “ After spending some ...

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