Oscar winner Meryl Streep took to the stage in New York on Monday (20May13) to honour the careers of fellow actresses Lois Smith and Frances Sternhagen. The Mamma Mia! star presented Smith and Sternhagen with lifetime achievement prizes at the 58th annual Village Voice Obie Awards, which celebrate Off-Broadway shows.
Actress Eisa Davis was also among the honourees, landing the Sustained Excellence in Performance accolade, while the award for Best New American Play was jointly bestowed upon Lisa D'Amour's Detroit and Julia Jarcho's Grimly Handsome.
The Sex and the City movie star makes his stage debut in Melissa James Gibson's drama, about the lives of five friends in their 40s.
Marini stars alongside Saffron Burrows, Eisa Davis, Glenn Fitzgerald and Darren Pettie in the project, and they have been receiving critical acclaim for their performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in California since launching earlier this month (Aug11).
But there's one review which stands out the most for Marini - a letter of thanks from Douglas himself.
In the note, dated 9 August (11), the Spartacus star writes, "To the cast of This, THIS is wonderful! My wife and I enjoyed the evening very much. It's very well written and very, very well acted. Congratulations! Sincerely, Kirk Douglas."
Marini posted a photo of the letter on his Twitter.com page alongside the caption, "Yeah!! Thanks to Mister #KirkDouglas. I will Keep this letter for ever ;) #Happy."