The revival, directed by Laurence Boswell, began performances at The American Airlines Theatre March 14 and was originally scheduled through May 25.
Eddie Izzard and Victoria Hamilton repeat the roles they played in the production at London's Comedy Theatre. Joining them are Dana Ivey, Margaret Colin, Michael Gaston and Madeleine Martin.
Nichols' A Day In the Death of Joe Egg centers on a couple with a handicapped child. The parents concoct imaginary conversations and personality traits for the invalid as their own relationship becomes strained.
The title, as revealed in the comedic yet poignant play, refers to an expression: "My grandma used to say 'Sitting about like Joe Egg,' when she meant she had nothing to do." The characters in the 1967 work not only make up dialogue for their daughter but often address the audience directly in conversation and — creating a play within a play — act out a number of characters in scenes from their early dealing with the incapacitated child.
The design team features Es Devlin (sets and costumes) and Adam Silverman (lighting). Joe Egg marks the Broadway debut for Izzard. Many remember his U.S. breakout performance in the HBO airing of his Dress to Kill in which he explained his inclination to cross-dress as being normal for an "executive transvestite." The Yemen-born Brit, however, is also a viable actor with many London stagings and films to his credits. (Read Playbill On-Line's Brief Encounter with Izzard by clicking here.)
Tickets for A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg at the American Airlines, 227 West 42nd Street, are available by calling (212) 719-1300 or at the box office at the American Airlines Theatre at 227 West 42nd Street.