Nearly two years after Lanford Wilson's play, Virgil Is Still the Frog Boy had its world premiere at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, N.Y., the re-titled comedy got a revised staging at Tampa Bay, FL's American Stage. Now called "A Sense of Place," the show opened June 5 and finishes its scheduled run June 28. The show is directed by American Stage's founder, Victoria Holloway.
Those who spend time in the Hamptons will recognize the play's strange former title, borrowed from a well-known piece of graffiti on the overpass on Route 114 between East Hampton and Sag Harbor. The comic play is about five friends, part of the next generation of aspiring Yuppies, summering in the Hamptons, and sharing love, lessons, laughter and laptops.
The cast features Jerry Pacific, Allison McDonnell, Charles Tucker, Lesley Fera and Dennis Turney.
Other plays by Wilson include Burn This, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley's Folly, Moonshot and Cosmos and The Hot L Baltimore. The playwright is expected to attend the June 5 opening, leading producing artistic director to say, "I am excited and honored that a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright would come to American Stage to work on his play.
Upcoming at American Stage, July 10-Aug. 2, will be the revue, Fascinatin' Gershwin. For tickets and information on A Sense of Place at American Stage, 211 Third St. South, St. Petersburg, call (813) 822-8814.
-- By David Lefkowitz and Blair Glaser