Peter Frechette and Reg Rogers will reprise the roles they created in The Dazzle by Richard Greenberg when that play has its New York debut at the Gramercy Theatre, courtesy of the Roundabout Theatre Company, a spokesperson for Rogers told Playbill On-Line. The play, directed by David Warren, will open March 5, after previews from Feb. 15. Frechette and Rogers starred in The Dazzle when is was presented July 26-Aug. 5, 2000, by New York Stage and Film at Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre. Francie Swift co-starred.
Both Frechette and Rogers appeared in Greenberg's Hurrah at Last, seen in New York in 1999, but not at the same time. Frechette opened the play as a hyperneurotic, strung-out novelist. When Frechette left, Rogers replaced him in the role. Warren directed both actors in the show.
Warren also directed Frechette in Greenberg's Night and Her Stars. The former is perhaps best known as Nicky Silver's director of choice, though he has also directed revivals of works by Shaw and Barry on Broadway and off.
The Dazzle concerns the eccentric Collier brothers, Langley and Homer, a successful pianist and his equally wealthy brother who live in isolation until they bring a beautiful young socialite home one night. The play was once expected to part of the Drama Dept's 2000-2001 season, but ended up in the Roundabout's hands.
Before the Roundabout mounting, Dazzle will be seen at South Coast Rep's Second Stage March 26-April 28, 2002. Greenberg is also the author of The Extra Man, Night and Her Stars, Three Days of Rain, Hurrah at Last and South Coast Rep's 2000 entry, Everett Beekin.
—By Robert Simonson