David Strathairn working in town...on what is not clear

Don't be surprised if you see "Good Night, and Good Luck" star David Strathairn around town. The actor told a woman who approached him around 12th & Spruce Monday night that he has been working in town for about a week, though we're not quite sure on what. Strathairn, whose films also include "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Eight Men Out" has worked here before, including starring in "Cherry Docs" at the Wilma in 2000, in 2002 in "Every Good Boy Deserves Favor" at the Kimmel Center and a show at People's Light and Theatre Company. His last agency says it no longer reps him and he has listed no current contact information with the Screen Actor's Guild.

UPDATE: It turns out Strathairn is in town for a reading as part of the PlayPenn festival being held this week at the Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom). The annual event is staged to help playwrights develop new works. Strathairn will read "The Human Equation" by Peter Bonilla at 8 p.m. July 25. Tickets are free, but should be reserved in advance by calling 215-568-1434. The festival, intended as a vehicle for playwrights, chose to not make a fuss about, or even announce, the actor's participation. Visit playpenn.org for more information on the event, which runs from tomorrow through July 27.