78th Street Gets Sweet on With And Without, Feb. 21

News   78th Street Gets Sweet on With And Without, Feb. 21 Coming to NY's 78th Street Theatre Lab, Feb. 21, is the latest play by Jeffrey Sweet, author of American Enterprise and The Value of Names.
l-r:Mia Dillon, Reed Birney, Kit Flanagan in With & Without

l-r:Mia Dillon, Reed Birney, Kit Flanagan in With & Without

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Coming to NY's 78th Street Theatre Lab, Feb. 21, is the latest play by Jeffrey Sweet, author of American Enterprise and The Value of Names. An off-beat comedy about romance and relationships, With And Without features Reed Birney, Mia Dillon, Kit Flanagan and KC Landis. Birney's credits include Len Jenkin's Dark Ride; Dillon starred in Broadway's Crimes of the Heart and New England at Manhattan Theatre Club (1995).

Michael Montel (Summer Brave) directs this tale of two couples who rent a summer house -- but only three of the four show up. When the odd woman out goes to rent a video, she meets a man, putting the other couple in an uncomfortable situation regarding their friendship.

With and Without premiered at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre in l995. Sweet, author of the lyrics and libretto to I Sent a Letter to my Love, is a resident playwright at Victory Gardens. He co-edited the annual Otis Guernsey "Best Plays" yearbook, 1986-97.

Designing With and Without are Campbell Baird (set) and Marilyn Rennagel (lighting).

The 78th Street Theatre Lab is a non-profit theatre specializing in play development and collaboration between dramatists and the artistic community.

According to author Sweet, rehearsals began Jan. 20 for previews starting Feb. 14 and a run to March 21. For tickets ($12) and information on With and Without at 78th Street Theatre Lab, 236 West 78th St., call (212) 873-9050.

-- By David Lefkowitz

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