The Weir, the current tenant of Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre, won't be going anywhere before Waiting in the Wings is ready to move into the theatre, according to a press spokesperson at Helene Davis' office. An exact closing date for the Conor McPherson play has not yet been announced, but late November was suggested for the run's end.
Three of the show's Irish performers will extend past their original contract end date of Sept. 19. Two have decided to return to Ireland. Who will leave and who will stay is not known at this time.
Featured in The Weir are Kieran Ahern (Brooklyn Academy of Music's The Steward of Christendom) as Jimmy, Brendan Coyle as Brendan, Dermot Crowley (Manhattan Theatre Club's Dealer's Choice) as Finbar, Michele Fairley (Never Land, Oleanna) as Valerie, and Jim Norton (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval) as Jack. Norton has also acted on such U.S. television shows as "Cheers" and "Frasier."
This original Dublin cast, which has performed the piece in Toronto and at London's Royal Court Theatre, is being allowed to make the trip to Broadway through an agreement between U.S. Actors' Equity and British Equity.
Although the play received no Tony nominations, The Weir has continued on through the summer, surviving a post-Tony slaughter that took two Best Play nominees: Not About Nightingales, which shuttered two weeks before its intended close, and the season's other Irish play, Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West. On Jan. 14, The Weir received four London Olivier Award nominations, including one for Best Play. The nominations singled out Royal Court Theatre Artistic Director Rickson for Best Director and two of the cast members, Norton and Coyle, for Best Actor and Best Supporting Performance, respectively. The Weir took home two of those Oliviers, the Best New Play honor and Best Supporting Performance for Coyle.
McPherson has recently hit strong Off-Broadway with his plays St. Nicholas, starring Brian Cox, and This Lime Tree Bower, which closed Aug. 15. Both productions were hosted by Primary Stages.
For tickets ($60), call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200. The Walter Kerr Theatre is located at 219 W. 48th Street.