Don't look for Richard Hoehler's Human Resources to make a return trip to Manhattan any time soon. The show, which ended a generally well received Off-Off-Broadway run Feb. 28, just finished five performances in New Jersey on an invite by the Elizabeth Arts Council.
The hope was to bring the show back to Manhattan for a commercial engagement in the spring, but general manager Dominic Balletta told Playbill On-Line (March 29) those plans have fallen through: "We just couldn't come up with enough capitalization." Balletta negotiating, however, with a theatre in Washington D.C. to bring the solo show there.
Hoehler's first solo of character monologues, Working Class, became a sleeper Off-Broadway hit two seasons ago. He returned this year with more sad and funny stories of working men in Human Resources, which played at the Kaufman Theatre.
In Resources five men (all played by Hoehler) struggle to survive and succeed in the sometimes harsh realities of life in New York City. Characters include a homeless veteran, a recovering addict, a store clerk coming to grips with his brother's illness, a once-prominent television weatherman on the rebound, and a retired meter-reader who now spends his days selling balloons outside Central Park.
Resources was first presented at NY's Mint Theatre in March 1998. For tickets ($25), or more information on Richard Hoehler's Human Resources at the Kaufman Theatre, call (212) 279-4200.
-- By David Lefkowitz