British playwright Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing, an urban fairy tale, returns to the New Conservatory Theatre, where the play made its West Coast debut in 1998. The revival, with much of its cast and director Ed Decker still involved, opens April 1 in San Francisco. Performances began March 22 for a run through May 13.
The leads Tony and Jamie are the replacements to the original cast, which Gabriel Diamond and Ryna Canfield will play, respectively. Returning are Linda Chavez Languas as Jamie's neighbor Leah, James Marks as Ste and Patricia Miller as Jamie's mother Sandra.
Beautiful Thing debuted at London's Bush Theatre in a production that starred a then-unknown Johnny Lee Miller (subsequently to achieve fame as Sickboy in the film, "Trainspotting") as one of two teen-age boys acting on his dawning sexuality.
A Donmar Warehouse production in London in 1993 was a recast restaging, and subsequently transferred to the Duke of York's, before it was turned into a warmly-embraced movie. The play captures the awakening love between two male teenagers growing up in southeast London.
Beautiful Thing received its U.S. premiere at Famous Door Theatre in Chicago. That production transferred to Off-Broadway in January 1999.
Tickets are $22-$13. The New Conservatory Theatre Center is located at 25 Van Ness Avenue. For information and tickets, call the NCTC box office at (415) 861-8972.
-- By Christine Ehren