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The youthful-looking Cavanagh threw himself into the project. “I researched like crazy, nonstop. Videos, books, articles _ I just tore it upside-down,” he says.

“I came into the first day of rehearsal and they said, `You’re playing Lewis.’ I was like, `What?’ I even had the accent,” he jokes. “It just goes to show you _ read the emails.”

This play may mark the first time they are collaborating, but their chemistry both onstage and off reveals a comfortable collegiality and a willingness to banter.

“This is the first of I’m sure many combinations,” says Cavanagh.

Hirsch agrees: “I expect to encounter Tom many, many times in this life.”

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