A decision has been announced by the arbitrator of the legal case that pitted the producers of the Broadway play Speed-the-Plow against actor Jeremy Piven and Actors’ Equity Association, and he has ruled in favor of Piven and AEA. The trouble began late last year when Jeremy Piven suddenly departed from the Broadway production of Speed-the-Plow in which he was starring, reportedly due to high levels of mercury in his system from excessive sushi consumption (the Entourage actor has been plagued by fish jokes ever since). Not exactly convinced that Piven’s sudden withdrawal from the show – which forced a scramble to replace him with another bankable star – was necessary, the Speed-the-Plow producers subsequently filed a grievance with Actors’ Equity which later went into arbitration. Although the arbitrator has officially determined that Piven’s decision to leave the show was reasonable, the incident did do some damage to the actor’s reputation in terms of his reliability, and the sushi jokes are still going strong.
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Carly graduated University Of Toronto, Theatre and Performance program. She has written for various publications including art-speaks, Pembroke Daily Observer, Toronto Star - Performing Arts Section, The Canadian Post and more recently the Village Voice and the New York Daily News. As a member As a member of the Barrow Group, her specialties include performance stage production and talent casting.