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'Car' goes on European road trip

Curiously, ''Park Your Car in Harvard Yard," a play by Gloucester Stage Company's artistic director Israel Horovitz, is set for not one, but three high-profile productions in Europe this summer. A major Paris revival will feature French film star Pierre Vernier in the role originated on Broadway by Jason Robards. German film star Alexander May will play the same part in a production in Berlin. In Prague, Dagmar Havlova has been cast as the housekeeper. Never heard of her? Neither had Horovitz, until he got an e-mail that began: ''Hello, my name is Dagmar Havlova, wife of the President of the Czech Republic." That'd make her Mrs. Vaclav Havel.

Trouble making an entrance

Nora Amin will not be at the Ko Festival in Amherst after all. The prize-winning Egyptian author, who was scheduled to perform her one-woman show called ''Arab" this weekend, had difficulty getting a visa to enter the country. According to the festival's website, Amin's application was flagged by Homeland Security and the FBI, even though she's been to the United States several times before, most recently to teach at Mount Holyoke College.

Dressing up for the part

Stacy Fuson has come a long way since her days as Miss February 1999. Not only does the former Playboy playmate wear clothes now, she wears a uniform. But making a promo appearance this week at Boston's Bell in Hand Tavern, the new St. Pauli Girl left the German barmaid get-up at home.

Time to eat the doughnuts

At least for a while, it'll be all-you-can-eat crullers for Jason Merry. A week after he interrupted a robbery of a Dunkin' Donuts in the South End, Merry has been rewarded by franchisee John Gillespie with $1,000 worth of Dunkin' Donuts cards. The 21-year-old walked into the doughnut shop just as a man ID'd by police as Wayne Ross was robbing the joint. We're told Merry sprinted after the thief without spilling his French vanilla iced coffee.

Around town

The Bostonian Society is the latest to hop on the Bosox bandwagon, throwing a party the other night it called ''From Red Coats to Red Sox: Creation of Red Sox Nation." Sox CEO Larry Lucchino was the honored guest.

Last night, there was much hilarity at the annual benefit for Pitching in for Kids Inc. and the Franciscan Hospital for Children. The event at the Comedy Connection was hosted by Sox players Johnny Damon and Tim Wakefield.

Finally, word is Thomas P. O'Neill and his wife Jackie are separating after many years of marriage. ''It's a private family matter and we request the privacy of the family be respected," said O'Neill & Associates spokeswoman Brooke Tyson.

Tarshi's reality

''Apprentice" loser Michael Tarshi is working hard to parlay his 15 minutes of fame into something more. He's enlisted a PR firm, whose breathless e-mail claims ''America cannot seem to get enough of the real estate developer from Andover." Is that really true? So what if he was spied strolling down Newbury Street, or received a head-to-toe makeover on ''How Do I Look?" What's next? The big time, of course, including an appearance on Bravo's ''Reality Reunion Special" hosted by Kathy Griffin.

Nick's tricks

Danvers native Nick DiPaolo is doing all right. The comedian has landed a new show on VH1, and is being considered for a slot on a Chicago radio station -- alongside Colin Quinn -- once the humorous Howard Stern makes his switch to satellite.

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