Another terrific review came out yesterday that we missed–it was Jayne Blanchard’s review in The Washington Times–and it helped Theater J achieve its best day (and night) of box office ever. Though there are still Halloween night tickets left on sale for tonight, the rest of the weekend’s supply got gobbled up in a hurry and it’s fun to know we have extra performances of this wonderful show throughout November.
But my God, consider the whiplash for the cast and producers of The Simon Plays on Broadway, where a closing notice was just posted with a final performance of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS this Sunday. Poor Noah Robbins (our DC/GDS high school alum) who took off first year (or just semester?) of college expecting a decent run on Broadway. And all those other stellar actors (Laurie Metcalf, Dennis Boutsikaris, Jessica Hecht… all my faves)…
Breaking News Update: The “closing notice” is “only provisional” — courtesy of playbill.com
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And a day later, this nail in the coffin meditation on the failure of The Simon Plays to find an audience; from Howard Kissel in The New York Daily News. It concludes:
“I’m afraid these plays could now only have been mounted in repertory in a not-for-profit theater, which is where you can still find remnants — somewhat aged — of The Broadway Audience. There may come a time when Neil Simon experiences a major revival. I hope I’m around, and I hope the revivals meet the level Cromer did with this one.”
Time may be a coming…