Cycling Past the Matterhorn Stops Pedaling Off-Broadway Nov. 6

News   Cycling Past the Matterhorn Stops Pedaling Off-Broadway Nov. 6 The Off-Broadway run of Cycling Past the Matterhorn, the quirky new play about a mother and a daughter seeing each other in a new light in the context of life changes, will end Nov. 6, earlier than expected.

Producers Farm Avenue Productions and Joseph Smith announced the production, starring Shirley Knight ("Desperate Housewives") as the English mum in the play, will close Nov. 6 after 11 previews and 45 performances. Deborah Grimberg's play began previews at The Harold Clurman Theatre, 410 W. 42nd Street on Theatre Row, on Sept. 18 and opened Sept. 29. (A 12-week run was originally announced.)

Eleanor Holdridge directed a cast that also includes Shirley Knight, Brenda Wehle, Carrie Preston, Nina Jacques and Ben Fox.

"Set in contemporary London, Cycling Past the Matterhorn is a comedy about a mother and daughter at a crossroads," according to production notes. "Amy, a young sidewalk psychic (with mediocre abilities) fears being stuck as caretaker to her eccentric mother, Esther, who has recently been left by her husband and has just discovered she is slowly going blind. Amy considers marrying her American boyfriend to escape the predicament while Esther decides to forge ahead with her life, joining a cycling excursion in Switzerland."

Playwright Deborah Grimberg received Sherrill C. Corwin Metropolitan Theatre Award in 2000 for the play. It had its world premiere in 2003 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival and had a 2004 staging in Detroit.

Cycling Past the Matterhorn will play Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM; with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $55 and are now available from TicketCentral.com (212) 279-4200. For more information, please visit www.cyclingpastthematterhorn.com.

Carrie Preston, Brenda Wehle and Shirley Knight in <i>Cycling Past the Matterhorn</i>.
Carrie Preston, Brenda Wehle and Shirley Knight in Cycling Past the Matterhorn. Photo by Joan Marcus