Texarkana Waltz, a Wild West parody with a twist of Elizabethan tragedy, makes its New York City debut Nov. 13 after a smattering of regional stagings across the country. This production of the Louis Broome black comedy, produced by Basic Grammar, plays through Nov. 30 at the Kirk Theatre on Theatre Row.
Infused with original music by Broome and cast member Jesse Lenat, Texarkana Waltz charts the destruction of the Wickett family of Oklahoma. When Eddie kills his wife by slitting his wife's throat with a broken beer bottle, he makes the mistake of doing it in front of the kids, sister Dallas and brother Houston. Dallas escapes, running away to Seattle and a lesbian lover, but Houston becomes trapped inside his mind's fantasy of the Wild West. Pairing with the imaginary Cowboy Bob, Houston imagines he must seek out and shoot down his father in a traditional gunfight.
Empty Space artistic director Alison Narver directs as she did in Los Angeles and Seattle. Her other credits include Valley of the Dolls with Burton Curtis and Vera Wilde.
Texarkana Waltz stars Tina Benko (Broadway's Design for Living, Not About Nightingales), Caroline Bootle (Proof), Adrian LaTourelle, Lenat (Floyd Collins), Denise Lute, Chuck Montgomery, Annie Parisse (The Credeaux Canvas) and Tom Wiggin (Broadway's Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Grease).
Tickets are $15. the Kirk Theatre in the Theatre Row Complex is located at 410 West 42nd Street. For reservations, call (212) 279-4200. — By Christine Ehren