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Michael McKean turns it all the way up for Hoover

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CAMBRIDGE — In 1968, before Lenny Kosnowski knocked on Laverne and Shirley’s basement apartment door; before David St. Hubbins turned it up to 11 with Spinal Tap; before “A Mighty Wind” was broken by the Folksmen, Michael McKean made his professional debut on the stage at the Loeb Drama Center.

“It was the first time I got paid. Actual money. To act,” recalls the actor with a smile.

Now, 45 years and one wildly free-ranging career later, McKean has returned to Brattle Street to play J. Edgar Hoover to Bryan Cranston’s LBJ in the historical drama “All the Way.”

McKean had the advantage of seeing the world premiere of the show at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last year, so it was an easy yes.

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