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Jazz and family pack a wallop on stage ; Warren Leight's Side Man gets Toronto debut at Tarragon
[Ontario Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Ouzounian, Richard
Date: Nov 11, 2002
Start Page: D.03
Section: ENTERTAINMENT
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It's also very autobiographical. Just like Clifford, the play's narrator, [Warren Leight] was the son of a jazz musician, growing up in a world of smoke-filled clubs and financial instability.

Leight found some freedom in his writing: freelance columns for The Village Voice, comedy sketches for the comedy group High-Heeled Women, even the book for a musical about Ed Koch, called Mayor.

A second jazz-based play Glimmer, Glimmer And Shine didn't duplicate Side Man's impact, so now Leight is trying something completely different. He's at Baltimore's Center Stage working on the world premiere of his latest play, No Foreigners Beyond This Point, which opens Nov. 21. It deals with an eight-month period in the early 1980s when he taught English in China.

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