James Hindman, a veteran of two Scarlet Pimpernel stagings, has stepped in for Evan Pappas in the Lark Theatre Company's BareBones staging of bender/gender/straight & neutered, running through March 20 at the group's Studio Theatre.
Pappas, ailing with a herniated disc, was unable to perform. Hindman's Broadway credits include 1776, Once Upon a Mattress and City of Angels, as well as the previously-mentioned stints as Ben and an understudy in Pimpernel 2.0 and 3.0.
Relationships, sexuality and gender are at the core of bender/gender/straight & neutered as the play takes several normal New Yorkers and pairs them with their alter egos. This comedy joins Kunofsky's other works, (In) Fidelities, The Lunch Anxieties, What to Do When You Hate Your Friends and Ollie Lekmyer Does Not Exist.
Jack Cummings III directs a cast including Andrea Bianchi, Jennifer Gibbs, Matt Hoverman, Robyn Hussa, James Lorenzo and Amy Staats. Tickets are $12. The Lark Studio is located at 939 Eighth Avenue between 55th and 56th Streets. For tickets and information, call The Lark at (212) 246-2676.
BareBones productions are fully-staged with suggestions of set, lighting, costumes and music. After reviewing nearly 600 play submissions, the Lark also presented BareBones productions of Ian Cohen's God's Creatures and the Craig Safan-Kirby Tepper musical, Lola: The True Story of Lola Montez.
-- By Christine Ehren