28th Street to Look Through Lucas' Blue Window, July 2

News   28th Street to Look Through Lucas' Blue Window, July 2 Blue Window, Craig Lucas' 1984 comedy-drama of loneliness and shifting relationships, has not lacked for revivals. Joe Mantello staged a well-received 1996 mounting of the play at its original home, Manhattan Theatre Club, and last year, the Barrow Group workshopped a revival for 16 performances.
Marin Hinkle and Neal Huff in Blue Window.
Marin Hinkle and Neal Huff in Blue Window. (Photo by Photo by Carl Sturmer)

Blue Window, Craig Lucas' 1984 comedy-drama of loneliness and shifting relationships, has not lacked for revivals. Joe Mantello staged a well-received 1996 mounting of the play at its original home, Manhattan Theatre Club, and last year, the Barrow Group workshopped a revival for 16 performances.

According to spokespersons, the latter staging went well enough to warrant a commercial production, featuring most of the same cast members. Barbara Ann O'Connor, Michael Rafael and Cellar Door Productions are producing the remount of Blue Window, set to start previews July 2 and open July 10 at the 28th Street Theatre.

Marin Hinkle, on Broadway opposite Judd Hirsch in A Thousand Clowns and Off Broadway opposite Michael Stuhlbarg in Tony Kushner's adaptation of A Dybbuk, is among the ensemble cast, as are Hope Chernov (As Bees in Honey Drown), Marcia DeBonis, Neal Huff, Katy Hansz, Josh Stamberg and Jason Kolotouros. Julia Gibson, who will appear as an actress in NYSF's Central Park Measure for Measure this month, directs.

Blue Window takes place at an urban, urbane cocktail party, where a group of friends, including a lesbian couple, examine their lives and relationships. In a statement, author Lucas said the show explores, "How we get from Sunday to Monday."

The playwright, best known for penning Prelude to a Kiss, is currently collaborating with actor-dramatist David Schulner on This Thing of Darkness, to be staged at the Atlantic Theatre this-coming season. Lucas' last two Off-Broadway shows played at the Vineyard Theatre: 2000's Stranger and 1998's well-received The Dying Gaul. He also penned the script to the film "Longtime Companion," about gay friendships and the toll taken by AIDS. Designing the show are Randall Parsons (set), Josh Bradford (lighting), Kaye Grunder (costumes) and Rob Kaplowitz (sound). For tickets and information on Blue Window at the 28th Street Theatre, 120 West 28th St., call (212) 206-1515.

— By David Lefkowitz