Dorothy Parker's Rarely Seen Play, Ladies of the Corridor, Staged Off-Broadway, May 2-25

News   Dorothy Parker's Rarely Seen Play, Ladies of the Corridor, Staged Off-Broadway, May 2-25 The Peccadillo Theater Company, the lower Manhattan troupe that spends its time digging up lost and neglected works by the likes of John Colton, Dawn Powell and S.N. Behrman, will next stage The Ladies of the Corridor, a rarely seen play by Dorothy Parker and Arnaud d'Usseau.

The production, mounted by Peccadillo artistic director Dan Wackerman at the Bank Street Theatre, will run May 2-25.

Ladies takes place in New York City's Hotel Marlow, which is populated by "women of a certain age" who haven't fared terribly well in matters familial and romantic. Among the residents: Lulu Ames, a widow carrying on with a much younger man; Mildred Tynan, who flees an abusive husband only to partner with an alcoholic; and Grace Nichols, who intends to keep her son close at all costs.

Parker wrote few plays. Ladies is sprinkled with Parker's characteristically corrosive wit and mordant view of life. Though the original 1953 Broadway production had a short life (45 performances), Parker was reportedly as proud of the work as she was of anything she had ever written. The original cast included such Broadway veterans as Vera Allen, Edna Best, Betty Field and Frances Starr. (It was the last Broadway play for Allen and Starr.) Also in the cast were Lonny Chapman and Walter Matthau. Harold Clurman directed.

d'Usseau's other major credits are Deep in the Roots and Tomorrow the World, both of which had healthy runs on Broadway in the 1940s. Parker and d'Usseau collaborated on one more play, The Ice Age, but it was never produced.

The Peccadillo cast includes Kelly AuCoin, Ron Badgen, Hal Blankenship, Patrick Boyd, Peggy Cowles, Jo Ann Cunningham, Dawn Evans, Libby George, Astrit Ibroci, Susan Jeffries, Patricia Randell, Andy Phelan, Carolyn Seiff abd Susan Varon. Tickets are $15. Call (212) 561-9635.