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Mike Daisey issues another apology: 'Things came out of my mouth that just weren't true'

Before the curtain falls on the 15 minutes of ridiculousness that is the distressing dilemma of Mike Daisey, there is one more act: Daisey’s latest apology, which in reality should have been given eons ago and saved face for Daisey, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and everyone involved in the Apple factory farce.

Daisey once again took to his blog for his most recent apology, only this time the playwright-slash-performer decided to abandon trying to explain his good intentions and instead took full blame for the debacle.

He apologized first to his audiences: READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: 'Jesus Christ Superstar' returns, Jim Parsons suits up for 'Harvey'

Another day, another Andrew Lloyd Webber show on Broadway. EW got an exclusive look at the flashy revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, which officially opened on Thursday. The Book of Mormon announced a free-ticket lottery for its one year anniversary, which will no doubt make fans cheer “maha naibu eebowai.” Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) showed his business-casual side in EW’s first look at Roundabout Theatre Company’s upcoming Harvey. Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs continued to make headlines, with the latest being Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s supportive stance behind the heavily-criticized show.

In reviews this week, writer Melissa Rose Bernardo gave the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar a hearty B, praising the “glorious group of voices” assembled by director Des McAnuff. Bernardo also took in Cheek by Jowl’s “sexed-up, stripped-down” production of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. She graded it a B and had plenty to say about “the vomiting, the predatory sex acts and the grisly murders” that make the show unique. Writer Stephan Lee gave Off Broadway’s The Big MealB-, calling it “ingenious and often exhausting,” but lauding the show’s handling of humor throughout the melodrama.

For more stage news and reviews, check out EW.com’s Stage hub.

OPINION: Mike Daisey, 'This American Life', and the invention of 'counterfeit truth'

The phrase “based on a true story” has become weak currency in the world of storytelling, and unfortunately it keeps getting worse.

The latest downgrading occurs at the hands of performer Mike Daisey and his falsehood-perforated theater monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, about the exploitation of Chinese workers who manufacture Apple products.

Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life presented an entire episode this past weekend to retract and correct its very popular January show that featured Daisey’s now-discredited reporting. The entire program can be found here, and it’s compelling listening – even if you didn’t hear the original broadcast.

Daisey’s defense is that worker abuse in China is real and documented elsewhere, and he only made up lies about meeting abused, ailing, and underage tech employees because he wanted to create a personal connection for the audience that would make them care.

Except Daisey has undermined his own cause by introducing us to a new genre of storytelling: counterfeit truth. READ FULL STORY

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