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Laurence O'Dwyer, Center Stage actor
Laurence O'Dwyer, Center Stage actor

Laurence "Larry" O'Dwyer, who delighted Center Stage audiences with his theatrical irreverence and memorable performances, died of cancer Feb. 28 at his home in Knox City, Texas. The former Mount Vernon resident was 77. A local favorite, he was often greeted with applause when he stepped on a stage. He was the 2009 recipient of a Helen Hayes Award for his role in "The Fantasticks." He was recalled for his eye-catching costumes and the red tennis shoes he wore in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." "[His] range was head-spinning," said Irene Lewis, the former artistic director at Center Stage, who lives in New York. She said patrons she met on...

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