House and Garden Close July 28 at MTC

News   House and Garden Close July 28 at MTC The tenants of House and Garden, the conjoined Alan Ayckbourn plays running at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage I and II, will vacate their locations, as scheduled, July 28.

The tenants of House and Garden, the conjoined Alan Ayckbourn plays running at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage I and II, will vacate their locations, as scheduled, July 28.

Off-Broadway's MTC now readies its digs in City Center for the start of the 2002-03 season. The unique Ayckbourn works play at the same time, with actors running between venues to appear in the different, related stories (set in a British home, and a garden next door, respectively). The show has proved to be an audience favorite and a hot ticket in cities such as Chicago.

The cast includes Kieran Campion (who replaced Carson Elrod), Patricia Conolly, Michael Countryman, Veanne Cox, John Curless, Laura Marie Duncan, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jan Maxwell, Colin McPhillamy (who replaced Nicholas Woodeson), Ellen Parker, James A. Stephens, Olga Sosnovska, John C. Vennema (who replaced Daniel Gerroll) and Sharon Washington.

MTC's Stage I and II are at City Center, 131 West 55th Street. Visit Manhattan TheateClub.org.

* The 2002-03 MTC season begins with:

  • In Real Life (first preview Sept. 17, opening Oct. 8 on Stage II), writer-performer Charlayne Woodard's autobiographical solo piece about a young actress starting out in New York — and landing a role in Ain't Misbehavin' (an MTC show), directed by Daniel Sullivan.
  • Yellowman (first preview Oct. 1, opening Oct. 22 on Stage I), Dael Orlandersmith's drama about light and dark skinned people of color, and conflicting perceptions and prejudices about skin tone, directed by Blanka Zizka and featuring the playwright and Howard Overshown, who appeared in the play at Philadelphia's Wilma Theatre and continue a summer regional run to Aug. 4 at ACT in Seattle prior to the MTC engagement. — By Kenneth Jones