Jeremy Piven bails on play, not enough people saying ‘Dawg’

Jeremy Piven has ditched his role in the David Mamet Broadway play “Speed-the-Plow” claiming he’s been stricken ill by mercury from eating too much sushi. I have no frickin’ clue, but I’m sure David Mamet will regale with us with a zinger fueled by having 300 ticketgoers demand refunds yesterday alone. The New York Post reports:

Piven missed Tuesday night’s performance – as well as yesterday’s matinee and evening performances – of “Speed-the-Plow,” much to the anger of ticket holders.
Piven, who flew to Los Angeles last night, is under con tract to perform throughout the show’s run, which began in October and is slated to end Feb. 22.
Over the past few weeks, the star had complained of “exhaustion” and “being tired,” sources told The Post.
The popular play’s investors aren’t buying it – and are discussing calling in their own doctor in to get a “second opinion,” the sources said.
Daily Variety reported that Piven said he was suffering from a “high level of mercury,” leading Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, who wrote the showbiz satire, to remark tartly, “My understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer.”

But what hasn’t Jeremy Piven been too tired for? Drinkin’:

Sources said that Piven hasn’t been too sick to party after performances – hanging out at bars into the wee hours, despite his grueling schedule of eight performances a week.
Witnesses have told The Post that Piven is a regular at the Lower East Side bar The Eldridge.
“He lives his life very much like the way his character on ‘Entourage’ does,” said one source.

He lives his life just like Entourage, huh? Phew. For a minute there, I thought this story wasn’t going to have an HBO original series angle to it, but it looks like I can put away the Xanax. But, wait, what would Jesus do? – – Hey, Geekologist, wanna buy some pills?

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