Jessica Goldberg's The Hologram Theory, a thriller about a woman who travels from her home in Trinidad to New York City to find and bury her brother, ends its scheduled run at Off-Broadway's McGinn/Cazale Theatre April 9. The Blue Light Theatre Company production started previews March 17 and opened March 27.
Pulled into a society of rich folk, club kids and the media in Manhattan, the protagonist uncovers the mysteries of her brother's world.
Goldberg, 27, told Village Voice writer Alexis Soloski she'd been very much into the club scene when she was younger, because it was a place for "kids who feel like they don't belong anywhere... You could go and be whatever you wanted, wear the most outrageous costumes."
Kellie Overbey, whose Broadway credits include Present Laughter opposite Frank Langella, Betty's Summer Vacation and Buried Child, is featured in the piece, which stars Joie Susannah Lee (Mulebone). Lee's film credits include several Spike Lee works as well as "Personals" and "A Kiss Before Dying."
Also in the Hologram cast are Daniel Bess, T.R. Knight (This Lime Tree Bower), Chris Messina, Michael Alexis Palmer, Jennifer Rau, Elizabeth Reaser, Corey Stoll and Bill Torres. Directed by Ruben Polendo, the show plays at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, former home of Second Stage Theatre and Blue Light's year-long residence for the season.
For tickets ($30) or information on The Hologram Theory at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, Broadway & 76th St., call (212) 279-4200.
Next up for the troupe will be Hotel Universe. The seldom-staged Philip Barry play will be the Blue Light Theatre Company's fourth and last production of the 1999-2000 season. The show will run April 18-May 7, with an April 27 opening.
Darko Tresnjak directs a cast that features Arija Bareikis (seen recently in The Moment When Off-Broadway), Cheryl Lynn Bowers, Liam Craig (Stop Kiss), Richard Easton (Waste), Keira Naughton (Uncle Jack), Gregor Paslawski, Kali Rocha (The Altruists), Armand Schultz (The Herbal Bed) and Adam Stein.
Hotel Universe was first staged in 1930. An unusual work for Barry, who is better known for his urbane comedies The Philadelphia Story and Holiday, the story takes place in a villa on the Mediterranean which was once a small hotel of bizarre reputation. Living there is Ann Field, who is nursing a demented father. When a group of American friends pay a visit, they are struck by the place's gloomy atmosphere, become introspective and relive memories from their childhoods.
The original production, which ran two hours without intermission, featured Franchot Tone, Glenn Anders and Ruth Gordon. It played only 72 performances.
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