Helen Gallagher Gets New Foil in William Gibson's Handy Dandy, Off-Bway Dec. 9

News   Helen Gallagher Gets New Foil in William Gibson's Handy Dandy, Off-Bway Dec. 9 Nicolas Surovy will replace Robert Hogan to play opposite Helen Gallagher in the Colleagues Theatre Company production of William Gibson's Handy Dandy Off-Broadway Dec. 9-Jan. 4, 2004.

Handy Dandy is a comedy-drama that "pits a feisty activist Nun against a troubled, conservative Judge, both in court and out." Hogan pulled out of the production.

Gibson penned Golda's Balcony, The Miracle Worker and Two for the Seesaw. Handy Dandy has been seen in regional productions, and in a production with James Whitmore and Audra Lindley at the John Houseman Theater presented by Eric Krebs.

Colleagues is a troupe devoted to plays by or about mature people. Catherine Wolf is producing director. Don Amendolia directs the Gibson play, at The Neighborhood Playhouse, 340 East 54th Street (between First and Second Avenues).

Opening night is Dec. 9 at 7 PM. The performance is a benefit for The Colleagues Theatre Company. Tickets are $100 for the show and post-performance reception.

Gallagher is well known to daytime TV viewers as Maeve Ryan on "Ryan's Hope" (for which she won three Emmy Awards), but she is a two-time Tony Award winner, too, having worked first as a Broadway gypsy, dancing her way through Billion Dollar Baby and Brigadoon, moving into featured roles in High Button Shoes, Touch and Go, Make a Wish, Pal Joey (winning her fist Tony) and graduating to her first starring role, in Hazel Flagg. She also appeared in The Pajama Game, Sweet Charity (opposite Gwen Verdon, for which she was Tony nominated), Mame and No, No, Nanette (her second Tony Award). The 77-year-old actress last season appeared in playwright Ain Gordon's "non-fiction play," Art, Life & Show Biz, in which she discussed her long career.

Surovy has appeared on Broadway in Night of the Iguana, You Can't Take It With You (also filmed for PBS), Major Barbara, The Merchant, Crucifer of Blood and The Robber Bridegroom.

Handy Dandy is produced by the Colleagues Theatre Company, which was created in 1996 to "identify and develop performance opportunities for the mature and seasoned actor."

Tickets are $19. There will be no performances on Dec. 16, 24, 25 or 31. For reservations call (212) 239-2996.

Helen Gallagher and Nicolas Surovy in <i>Handy Dandy</i>
Helen Gallagher and Nicolas Surovy in Handy Dandy Photo by David Rodgers