Dealer's Choice, Patrick Marber's hit London play, began previews at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, Oct. 8, with an opening scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16.
David Esbjornson, artistic director of Off-Broadway's CSC Rep (Classic Stage Company), directs the play, which was originally supposed to be staged by the author.
In Dealer's Choice, Stephen, Mugsy, Sweeney, Frankie and Carl meet for their weekly poker game in the basement of Stephen's restaurant. When Ash, a professional gambler, wants his due, the friendly card game takes an unexpected turn.
Presented by London's Royal National Theatre last year, the show won the London Eveing Standard Award, the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award, and a Laurence Olivier Award Nomination. The play was also presented in July as part of the Alliance Theatre's Arts Festival in Atlanta to coincide with the Olympics.
Author Patrick Marber has done much of his work to date for radio and television, though he did recently direct Dennis Potter's Blue Remembered Hills for the Royal National Theatre. Dealer's Choice, which runs at Long Wharf through Nov. 10, has sets by Hugh Landwehr, costumes by Elizabeth Clancy, and lighting by Francis Aronson. Should the Long Wharf production go as well as the London production, the play will be a serious candidate for a spring opening on Broadway (though press representative Kimberly Sewright didn't know whether Long Wharf would have any involvement in that production).
For tickets and information on Dealer's Choice at Long Wharf, call (203) 787-4282.
-- By David Lefkowitz