Critics warmed to Gurney's latest comedy about an uptight father of the groom and the apparition of his own advice-doling father, which was originally scheduled to run through March 20. Black Tie will now end its engagement March 27 at 59E59 Theaters. Previews began Jan. 25.
Mark Lamos, who staged the premieres of Gurney's Indian Blood and Buffalo Gal, helms the production that stars Tony nominee Edelman (City of Angels, Tale of Two Cities) as the anxious father of the groom and Davis (La Cage aux Folles) as his late father. The cast also includes Ari Brand (The Neil Simon Plays) as Teddy, Carolyn McCormick (Equus) as Mimi and Elvy Yost as Elsie.
Here's how Primary Stages bills the comedy: "Father of the groom, Curtis, simply wants to make a memorable toast. But before he is able to raise his glass, he must defend the time-honored ways of his past, including his attire. Cultures clash when a surprise guest is announced, threatening to throw convention out the window. Curtis finds that balancing the standards of his late father and the needs of his future family may prove too messy for a black tie affair."
A.R. Gurney is the author of Love Letters, The Dining Room, Sylvia, The Cocktail Hour, Ancestral Voices, Big Bill, Indian Blood, Children and Crazy Mary. His plays have earned him Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Rockefeller awards. His most recent work, The Grand Manner, debuted last spring at Lincoln Center Theater. Read Playbill.com's November 2010 Second Floor of Sardi's interview with Gurney. Tickets for Black Tie, at the 59E59 Theaters, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit primarystages.org.