Calista Flockhart, a ubiquitous stage actress for much of this decade -- before television shepherded her away to stardom in "Ally McBeal" -- has gone back to her theatrical roots. She's appearing in two of three one acts by Neil LaBute at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. Previews began June 14, for an opening June 24 and a run through July 25.
Originally titled A Gaggle of Saints (the name of one of the three plays), the evening is now renamed "bash." It concerns LaBute's usual theme which, he told the Times, "is basically beautiful people doing awful things."
The show co-stars Paul Rudd and Ron Eldard (On The Waterfront). Joe Mantello (Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Mineola Twins) will direct.
Flockhart appears in the first monologue, entitled "Medea Redux," about a teenage girl who gets romantically involved with her teacher. Eldard anchors the second play, "Iphegenia in Orem," playing a Mormon salesman whose unconscious misogyny leads him to a tragic decision. Flockhart and Rudd appear in the final play, "A Gaggle of Saints," as a pair of college sweethearts whose dream night in Manhattan goes violently wrong. Flockhart's stage credits include the Roundabout's Three Sisters and The Glass Menagerie, as well as Mad Forest Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway's Bovver Boys.
Krebs is co-producing bash with former literary agent Stephen Pevner. Flockhart will do the full run of the show, though there will be one week of only four performances, due to the actress' film commitments. For tickets to bash call (212) 239-6200.
-- By David Lefkowitz