Paige Price, Philadelphia Theater Company's producing artistic director, is ready to put a spotlight on one of her company's most steadfast rescuers. Literally. Tonight that man takes his star turn on the stage of the Suzanne Roberts Theater during Play Brawl!, a new concept for its annual fundraiser.

"David Cohen is doing a scene from A Few Good Men, the 'You can't handle the truth' scene," says Price. Yes, that David Cohen, Comcast's senior executive vice president, the once right-hand man to former Mayor Ed Rendell, and arguably the number-one power broker in town.

He's going onstage, under the blinding lights in front of hundreds of people, doing his best Jack Nicholson impression. After some cocktail party schmoozing and silent auction formalities, Cohen and several pairs of local actors, pro athletes, and business leaders will put their inner ham on display in scenes to raise money for the theater. Cohen, PTC's board chair, is not known for his acting chops.

"Let me put it this way," says Geoff Kahn, PTC board member and chair of Ballard Spahr's litigation department, about Cohen's rendition of this iconic scene. "I've known David since we were first-year associates at Ballard, and I've almost never seen him anxious in any setting, but I do detect a greater degree of anxiety in regard to this Friday than when he's been before Congress or interacted with [U.S.] presidents. This is a horse of a different color." There's a pause of stifled delight from his longtime friend, and then Kahn adds, "but, I'm confident he will rise to the occasion."

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