Bid a gut nacht to the Florida Keys. Tennessee Williams' avant garde 1966 creation, The Gnadiges Fraulein, with live music, live fish and a live "Cocaloony" bird, closes its run at the Ohio Theatre, off-off Broadway Oct. 9. Arnold Barkus directs the piece which began performances Sept. 24.
A hot night on the Florida Keys finds a Viennese torch singer recreating herself as a Grand Ole Opry star. She also competes with the Cocaloony Bird for the fish she needs to pay for her rent at Molly's. She desires the fake Native-American Joe, who wandered off a Hollywood movie set, and is tormented by her landlady, whose best friend is the gossip columnist Polly. Williams is best known for his plays The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire but has also recently enjoyed a series of revivals of his less-often produced works, including Camino Real, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, Tiger Tail and a new Broadway production of the recently discovered, "lost" drama, Not About Nightingales.
Mary Barto (Mame, The King and I) stars as the Fraulein with Nancy Castle as Molly, Patti Chambers as Polly, John Howard as Indian Joe and Sam Chan as the Cocaloony Bird.
Tickets are $12 and available by calling (212) 925-9375. The Ohio Theatre is located at 66 Wooster Street.
-- By Christine Ehren