Writer-actor Bob Kingdom's Elsa Edgar, a strange bedfellows tale of gossip diva Elsa Maxwell and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, which officially opened Dec. 15, after previews from Dec. 1, has announced an extension to Jan. 16, 2000.
The solo show was first seen in 1998 at Sag Harbor, Long Island's Bay Street Theatre, in a production which was to feature Elaine Stritch but ended up starring Kingdom.
In two monologues about the way the media handles rumor and private information, author-actor Kingdom looks at gossip columnist Elsa Maxwell and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. "They invented the forms of control that we're still living with," said Kingdom in a statement. "In their world, gossip becomes surveillance and surveillance gossip."
Kingdom penned the solo works Dylan Thomas: Return Journey and The Truman Capote Talk Show, which played in repertory at NYC's Perry Street Theatre in 1994. Elsa Edgar is directed by Casey Childs.
Here's the Primary Stages remaining 1999-2000 season line-up:
• March 8-April 9, 2000: An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf by Michael Hollinger, directed by John Rando, starring George Wendt. Rando, a Primary Stages veteran, helmed David Ives' Mere Mortals there. He also staged Ives' Lives of the Saints in Philadelphia, the Encores! staging of Do Re Mi and Merton of the Movies at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Wendt, last on Broadway in Art and best known for his role as Norm on TV's "Cheers."
• May 3-June 4, 2000: Horton Foote will direct his daughter, Hallie Foote, in a new play by his other daughter, Daisy Foote, When They Speak of Rita, officially opening May 17, tells of domestic problems for a New Hampshire family.
For Primary Stages tickets ($30-$35; Subscriptions $130 and up), call the box office at (212) 333-4052.
--By Robert Simonson