After losing three weeks of performances due to the stagehands strike, stage actors Jennifer Garner and Kevin Kline (and his giant schnoz) will get a two-week extension of their play Cyrano de Bergerac at the Richard Rogers Theatre, according to Playbill.
Originally scheduled to conclude performances at the Rodgers Dec. 23, Cyrano has now announced that Kline, Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Garner and the remainder of the cast will play performances through Jan. 6, 2008. Edmond Rostand’s 1897 verse classic, featuring an adaptation by the late Anthony Burgess, began previews Oct. 12 and took its opening bow Nov. 1.
More theater news after the jump.
August: Osage County opens tonight
A deadbeat dad. A pill-popping mom. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. Those are the plot points in Pulitzer finalist Tracy Lett’s August: Osage County, performed by the esteemed members of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which opens tonight at the Imperial Theatre. Press materials describe the show: “When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major new Broadway play that unflinchingly – and uproariously – exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.” Check here for tickets.
The Homecoming opens previews tonight
Ian McShane may have been BBC’s beloved Lovejoy director and star), but he’s mostly known as Deadwood‘s Al Swearengen the calculating, meniacal (yet somehow sexy and loveable, damn you HBO!). Mr. McShane’s new play, a Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, will open previews today at the Cort Theatre. The production, which was originally scheduled to begin previews Nov. 23, will officially open Dec. 16. Mr. McShane will once again take on a challenging script on a dank set, according to the Literary Encyclopedia’s description of Mr. Pinter’s play: “It is set in a dingy interior; there is throughout the play a sense of (largely) suppressed violence; the exchanges between the characters seem to be composed substantially of non sequiturs; the words that the characters actually say are divorced from what they mean (the meaning being discernible only by piercing what has been described as the irony and indifference of the surface).”
The racey play is considered Mr. Pinter’s most sexually provocative work, a tale of lust, seduction and deception in “a dysfunctional family that welcomes the homecoming of its estranged brother (played by two-time Tony nominated Raul Esparza) and competes for the attention of his dangerously alluring wife (played by stage vet Eve Best),” according to the official site. Michael McKean (you know, David St. Hubbins from This is Spinal Tap) and James Frain (somewhat creepy-looking dude from Where the Heart Is and 2002’s The Count of Monte Cristo, also currently starring in The Tudors) are also in the cast. (Check here for tickets.