"Friends"' Matthew Perry and Father Split World Premiere of The Whole Banana, Oct. 2-Nov. 9

News   "Friends"' Matthew Perry and Father Split World Premiere of The Whole Banana, Oct. 2-Nov. 9 "Friends" star Matthew Perry has been bitten by the stage bug, as he and his father, stage and screen veteran John Bennett Perry, will present the world premiere of Deb Norton's The Whole Banana.

The play, which was workshopped at Theatre 150 in Ojai, California, will perform at West Hollywood's Court Theatre, Oct. 2-Nov. 9. The opening night is scheduled for Oct. 4.

Kim Maxwell-Brown directs a cast that includes Dwier Brown, Chris Nottoli, Nealla Gordon, Carol Locatell and Norton herself. The comedy follows the winter of a young New York artist suffering from a creative block while she tries to quit smoking and end a bad relationship. At the urging of a Nicotine Anonymous sponsor, she tries to get in touch with a "higher power" and, to her amazement, does—then tries to force him to stay

The younger Perry recently made his stage debut opposite Hank Azaria and Minnie Driver in David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End. Television audiences have become acquainted with Perry as the sarcastic Chandler Bing in the NBC comedy "Friends." The actor also appeared on the big screen in "Fools Rush In," "Three to Tango" and "The Whole Nine Yards," the sequel of which ("The Whole Ten Yards") is slated for a spring 2004 release.

Patriarch Perry recently starred opposite Stephanie Zimbalist in a west coast revival of The Rainmaker at Ventura's Rubicon Theatre. Known as the sailor in the "Old Spice" commercials of old, the actor has appeared on Broadway in Mother Earth and Off-Broadway in The Baby Dance, Show Me Where the Good Times Are, A Month of Sundays and Now Is the Time for All Good Men.

Tickets to The Whole Banana at The Court Theatre, 722 North La Cienaga Blvd. (Between Santa Monica and Melrose Place) in West Hollywood, CA, can be purchased by calling (310) 281-1152. For more information, visit www.thewholebanana.com.

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