Glover and Murphy Star in Pinter-Schnitzler Double Bill at Bay Street Thru June 29

News   Glover and Murphy Star in Pinter-Schnitzler Double Bill at Bay Street Thru June 29 Tony Award-winner John Glover and A Man of No Importance star Sally Murphy will star is a double bill of The Lover by Harold Pinter and Bacchanalia by Arthur Schnitzler at Long Island's Bay Street Theatre, through June 29.
Sally Murphy in The Lover.
Sally Murphy in The Lover. (Photo by Christina Warner)

The production, directed by actor Daniel Gerroll (who is currently starring on Broadway in Enchanted April), began June 10. This is the third season at the Sag Harbor theatre to include a Gerroll production. In 2001, he and his actress-wife Patricia Kalember starred in a Gerroll-directed mounting of Rupert Holmes' Accomplice. And last year, the two reassumed the same duties in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit—a rendition that also starred Twiggy and Dana Ivey and won rosy reviews.

Glover won his Tony for his dual role in Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion!. Most recently, he has starred Off-Broadway in Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! and Athol Fugard's Sorrows and Rejoicings. Murphy, a member of Chicago's lauded Steppenwolf Theatre Company, has made recent Off-Broadway appearances in the Lincoln Center Theater Flaherty and Ahrens musical A Man of No Importance and the Vineyard Theatre play Brutal Imagination, based on the Susan Smith child murders.

Pinter's play is a "witty mindplay," in the words of a press statement, in which "the merits of monogamy are put to the test, exposing an equation in which man plus wife equals quite an unexpected assemblage." In the Schnitzler, meanwhile, "the repercussions of one simple night of unrestricted freedom prove how paradoxical life can be."

For tickets, call (631) 725-9500.

* In other Bay Street news, Aug. 5-31 are the dates for Julie Andrews' return to The Boy Friend, the 1954 musical that marked her Broadway debut. As previously reported, Andrews will direct a production of the Sandy Wilson musical.

Bay Street is run by Emma Walton (Andrews' daughter) and husband Steve Hamilton and Sybil Burton Christopher. There are hopes that the musical will find its way to Broadway.

Andrews, who recently completed a limited tour opposite Christopher Plummer in A Royal Christmas, told the industry paper, "I'm going places I never thought I'd go...The Boy Friend was the turning point in my career. I'm awed [at the prospect of directing], but I'm in friendly hands — it's a big family thing."

The season is rounded out by Earth to Bucky, a new play by Vanities author Jack Heifer (July 8-27).

Ted Schneider, John Glover and Sally Murphy in <i>Bacchanalia</i>.
Ted Schneider, John Glover and Sally Murphy in Bacchanalia. (Photo by Christina Warner)