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Then theater officials got a "cease and desist" e-mail this week from Matzoball Entertainment LLC, and canceled the show.
"I guess I'm the big bad wolf, but I don't mean to be," said Michael Airington, who since 2004 has been performing "Off Center: the Paul Lynde show." Under the Matzoball corporate banner, Airington licenses the rights to Lynde's name, image and story from Lynde's estate.
He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1944, and then studied drama at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where his fellow students included Cloris Leachman, Charlotte Rae, Patricia Neal, Jeffrey Hunter and Claude Akins.
At Northwestern, he joined the Upsilon chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma and is listed among the more famous members of the fraternity.
The two staged-reading performances were going to take place during DIVAfest, an annual Exit event showcasing women playwrights -- Owens, who is a man, getting included because he's noted for performing in drag.
Carr said Exit officials may check with lawyers as to whether Matzoball really has the right to quash Owens' show, but it's not a priority.
That year, he guest starred on NBC's The Martha Raye Show.
Lynde returned to Broadway in 1960 when he was cast as Harry Mac Afee, the father in Bye Bye Birdie.
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