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'Pretty Little Liars' star Keegan Allen teases another Spencer breakdown, does a Marlon Brando impersonation -- VIDEO

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By the end of the Pretty Little Liars‘ Halloween episode, the secret was revealed: Alison DiLaurentis is alive! But what does that mean for the Liars when the show returns for season 4B? According to Keegan Allen, it means the girls are just about at the end of their ropes. “Each one of the girls are starting to break down,” Allen said. “After all this time, they should’ve broken down the first week. They’re all trying to get a grip on it and they’re falling apart, each one of them separately. Spencer more than others. She kind of loses it, but in a way that you never saw coming.”

However, unlike last season, Toby isn’t the cause of Spencer’s breakdown this time. “I don’t think it has to do with Toby. Toby is trying to deal with all of the stuff going on with Spencer, but he’s also trying to figure it out because he does know. The guys know now. It’s about Toby being there for Spencer in her time of despair. She kind of loses her mind again but not in the way that you think,” Allen said.

So while we wait to find out what it is that causes Spencer’s second mental collapse of the series, we put the man who plays her on-screen boyfriend Toby Cavanaugh in the hot seat for our Pop Culture Personality Test. From his teenage style icons to his favorite TV show growing up, watch where Allen ranks in our test below:
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This Week on Stage: Ethan Hawke and Sarah Jessica Parker return, Spider-Man swings out

After three years on the boards, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has decided to call it quits on Jan. 5 after a tumultuous, headline-grabbing ride on Broadway that will result in a reported $60 million loss. Will producers be leery of investing in the next wave of in-development super-musicals (including a buzzed-about King Kong that is eyeing New York after a successful run in Melbourne). Meanwhile, this week’s openings are significantly less costly, including Ethan Hawke’s first Shakespeare turn on Broadway in 10 years, Tony winner Jefferson Mays in an eight-role bonanza, a first-time play by actress Amanda Peet with some heavy-hitting leads, and Pretty Little Liars’ Keegan Allen and ubiquitous movie heavy James Badge Dale in a new bro play (click on the links below for full reviews):

The Commons of Pensacola The Madoff scandal influences another play, this time the playwriting debut of actress Amanda Peet. The biggest coup: Stage and screen titans Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner play the leads. Senior writer Jessica Shaw was less than enchanted by the results, though she has great things to say about Ms. Danner: “The show belongs to Blythe Danner… she brings class and wit…even when asked to pass gas.” EW grade: B-

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder  Wodehouse farce and classic musical theater blend together for this regional smash that has made its way to Broadway, with Jefferson Mays in arguably the toughest workout on Broadway playing the eight members of a homicidally unlucky family. Senior editor Thom Geier calls Mays’ performance “jaw-dropping” and adds, “no one is likely to get sick of the black comedy in A Gentleman’s Guide, which remains winsome and charming despite an alarming surfeit of devious and devilish characters. Quite simply, it’s a bloody good time.” EW grade: A

Macbeth In Lincoln Center’s bold new take on The Scottish Play, Ethan Hawke plays the beleaguered king and Anne-Marie Duff makes her Broadway debut as his scheming wife. According to EW’s Melissa Rose Bernardo, the Witches take center stage in this revival. “The craggy all-male trio of Malcolm Gets, John Glover, and Byron Jennings — pull all the strings, popping up in minor roles and causing toil and trouble at every turn” she writes. As for Hawke, she adds: “Though his scruffy, still-boyish looks suggest the prototypical Hamlet, Hawke makes a very convincing (and wonderfully sleazy) Scottish king.” EW grade: B-

One Night…  True Blood’s Rutina Wesley, who had a fiery turn a few seasons ago opposite Jonathan Groff in The Submission, returns to the stage in Charles Fuller’s new Off Broadway play about traumas facing women in the U.S. armed forces. Melissa Rose Bernardo cops to finding this new work overstuffed: “Operation Iraqi Freedom, hallucinations, PTSD, homeless veterans, rape, sexism, arson, and broken families. How do you pack all that into a 90-minute play? Not very tidily, as it turns out.” EW grade: C

Small Engine Repair  A quartet of guys with questionable histories meet up for a fateful evening in a New England auto repair shop, but senior writer Adam Markovitz wasn’t completely in tune with the Off Broadway play by John Pollono. “It’s a savvily written piece of punchline theater — the kind of play with 60 minutes of talky preamble leading up to one scene that’s funny, nerve-wracking, and ballsy enough to justify the whole show,” he writes. “For more ambitious work, you’re better off looking elsewhere.” EW grade: B-

Taking Care of Baby  Dennis Kelly — who won a Tony this year for his book for the smash musical hit Matilda — enjoys the American premiere of his 2007 British play about a young mother implicated in the deaths of her two young children, and the media circus that surrounds it. The “verbatim play,” as it is known, proved a mixed but worthy affair per my review: “For about half of the play’s two-plus hours, the gimmick is genuinely compelling…. but the production is blessed with a laser-focused principal cast.” EW grade: B

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many  A family copes with loss in this new work at Roundabout Underground, which highlights new works by up-and-coming scribes in an intimate Off Broadway black box space. “The cast gives passionate performances,” Stephan Lee writes, though he adds: “It’s a play in which a character says of another, ”He’s got loss in his voice,’ without a hint of irony.” EW grade: B

'Pretty Little Liars' star Keegan Allen talks his NYC stage debut in 'Small Engine Repair'

Sure, you can find Pretty Little Liars‘ Toby, the show’s second most questionable fella, running around Rosewood, but starting this month, the same can’t be said for Toby’s portrayer, Keegan Allen. Rather, Allen, 26, is spending his days on a stage just out of Rosewood’s reach.

Allen is starring in the off-Broadway play Small Engine Repair. Put on by MCC Theater, Small Engine Repair is a comic thriller about three old high-school pals who regularly meet up at an off-the-beaten-path repair shop. What they do, we’re not sure. But we do know that when 19-year-old Chad (Allen) shows up, things start happening, and social media plays a big part in all the goings on.

The play, which is written by John Pollono, already found success at L.A.’s Rogue Machine Theatre, even winning a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for playwriting. And now it has made its way to New York. Small Engine Repair is directed by Jo Bonney and stars, along with Allen, James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3), James Ransone (The Wire), and the playwright himself, John Pollono. Previews begin Oct. 30 at the Lucille Lortel Theater, with opening night set for Nov. 20.

We caught up with Allen to talk about the play, his acting choices, and that James Franco movie:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What is Small Engine Repair about? How did you get involved?
KEEGAN ALLEN: Small Engine Repair is a psychological thriller that is also a comedy. It has a huge amount of twists and turns. When I look at material that I want to do, I look at it as would I want to see this? Would I want to be an audience member that would want to not only purchase the ticket but walk away from it with something. And John [Pollono] hits on all cylinders with this, not only with the comedy but also with the very interesting look at our generation and social media, [and the] huge lack of empathy now because of texting … Twitter or Facebook or anything, Four Square, all of these technical aspects that remove us from human contact. And he touches on this and kind of brings two generations colliding together, so it was great. I play a 19-year-old privileged jock, would be the best way to describe it in a very vague way so as to not give anything away, amongst these middle-aged men. It’s a really challenging role. READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars' star Keegan Allen to make NYC stage debut in 'Small Engine Repair' -- EXCLUSIVE

Pretty Little Liars star Keegan Allen will make his professional stage debut this fall in MCC Theater‘s Off Broadway production of  Small Engine Repair. And it sounds like he hasn’t left the intrigue of Rosewood behind. Allen will play a privileged college jock who turns up at an out-of-the-way repair shop and sets off an explosion of resentment among the three former high school buddies who regularly meet there under shady circumstances. The buddies will be played by James Badge Dale (World War Z, The Lone Ranger, Iron Man 3), James Ransone (The Wire, Treme), and actor-playwright John Pollono, who wrote the script. (Dale replaces The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal, who had previously been announced for the play but had to bow out due to scheduling issues.) READ FULL STORY

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