Burn This Snuffed Out

News   Burn This Snuffed Out Burn This, once Off-Broadway's hottest ticket, closes one week early on Dec. 29. Performances were to have run through Jan. 5.

The revival at the Union Square Theatre (where Our Lady of 121st Street begins in 2003) played 26 previews and 102 regular performances.

The staging ignited the box office when it began previews Aug. 27 and exploded after it opened to glowing reviews Sept. 19. Catherine Keener and Edward Norton starred. The production was recast when their contracts expired: filmdom's Elisabeth Shue and Peter Sarsgaard took over the roles of the contentious lead lovers in the James Houghton-directed revival, which, the troupe hoped, would last into 2003. Supporting players Dallas Roberts and Ty Burrell were with the show from the start.

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The 1987 drama, first seen on Broadway, is now the most successful production in the history of the not-for-profit Signature, which devotes each season to one playwright (this year, Wilson).

Next up for the Signature: A revival of Wilson's Fifth of July starring Robert Sean Leonard and Parker Posey, Jan. 16-March 9, 2003.