Another Spot of Tea; Off-Broadway Hepburn Homage Adds Wednesday Matinees

News   Another Spot of Tea; Off-Broadway Hepburn Homage Adds Wednesday Matinees Tea at Five, the Katharine Hepburn-centered solo play by Matthew Lombardo starring Kate Mulgrew, is adding Wednesday matinee performances beginning May 7.

The addition is credited to "overwhelming demand" for the show which has garnered its star nominations for Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards.

John Tillinger directs the show, which opened at Off-Broadway's Promenade Theatre March 9. Previews began at Feb. 25. Daryl Roth, David Gersten, Paul Morer, Michael Filerman, and Amy and Scott Nederlander produce.

Mulgrew, complaining of vocal trouble, bowed out of several performances of Tea at Five early in the original run at Hartford Stage in Feb. 2002. She then cut back to only six shows a week. The play closed on March 10, 2002, and Mulgrew returned later in the spring to make up the lost shows. The show has also played at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA.

Tea at Five finds Hepburn — who is a longtime Connecticut resident — at her home in Old Saybrook. The first act takes place in 1938, a brief dip in Hepburn's career when a series of film flops got her branded "box-office poison." She would soon rebound with The Philadelphia Story, in which she starred on Broadway before buying up the film rights. In this section of the play, the actress reflects on her patrician, privileged upbringing, no doubt touching on her devotion to her father and her vaunted athletic prowess.

The second act speeds ahead 45 years to 1983. Here, recuperating from a car accident, she looks back on her storied career and famed romance with fellow (and married) actor Spencer Tracy. Mulgrew has appeared on Broadway in Black Comedy and in Central Park in Titus Andronicus, but she is far better known as the strong-jawed Captain Janeway, who spends most of her time piloting "Star Trek: Voyager."

For tickets to Tea at Five at the Promenade, 2126 Broadway (at 76th Street), call (212) 239-6200 or click here.