Sylvia, Love Letters and The Dining Room are all very familiar to theatregoers, but not all A.R. Gurney plays are so well-known. Opening March 6 in New York is a revival of Gurney's 1976 drama, Richard Cory.
The original title of the work was Who Killed Richard Cory? when it played 32 performances at Off-Broadway's Circle Repertory Theatre in March 1976. The play explores the reason why Richard Cory, subject of a poem by Edward Arlington Robinson, "one calm summer night went home and put a bullet through his head." The Cory story was also told in an early Simon & Garfunkel song.
Yankee Rep will be staging the drama at the Altered Stages space on West 29th Street. To them, Cory is an ordinary man that people have placed on a pedestal. Upon reaching mid-life, he realizes he has made no connections with these people.
Susan Conely directs the Yankee Rep mounting, which features Arthur Aulisi as Cory, along with Tina Gilbertson, Jorji Knickrem, Gary Ray, Diane Vuletich, Jim Andralis, Celia Bressack, Jeanne Hime, Valerie Donaldson, Colin Dwyer, Delton Murphy, Herb Ouellette and Kate Pennell.
For tickets ($12) and information on Richard Cory, March 6-22, call (212) 677-4079. --By David Lefkowitz