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Apparently Sean Avery is ‘a playwright’s worst nightmare’

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UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers looks on during warmups prior to the game against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on November 15, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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According to both the New York Post and TMZ, former NHLer Sean Avery had a “meltdown” just days prior to the debut of the off-Broadway play in which he was supposed to star.

The play’s author, Christy Smith-Sloman, is quoted as calling Avery “a playwright’s worst nightmare.”

From the Post:

On Monday, Avery left rehearsals early after growing agitated. On Tuesday, Avery’s behavior grew worse. According to Smith-Sloman, when a young assistant stage manager named Natalie asked the athlete-turned-actor if he wanted a slice of pizza, he said no, but somehow thought the assistant had called him an [bleep]hole.”

“He said I was ‘talking [bleep]‘ and said I was ‘so full of [bleep],’” Natalie, who was left in tears, told us. “That’s when I realized that I was dealing with a madman.”

Avery’s role will now be played by an understudy.

In other news, PHT did not expect to be writing about an off-Broadway play today.