I Am My Own Wife Takes a Week Off Aug. 30-Sept. 6, When Mind Games Takes Over

News   I Am My Own Wife Takes a Week Off Aug. 30-Sept. 6, When Mind Games Takes Over I Am My Own Wife, the 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play will take a week's hiatus Aug. 30-Sept. 6.

Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama will be on hiatus to accommodate a vacation for Wife's Tony-winning star, Jefferson Mays. Mays does not have an understudy in the production, which plays the Lyceum Theatre. A weeklong run of Marc Salem's Mind Games on Broadway plays Aug. 30-Sept. 5 (usually, Salem plays the Lyceum only on Mondays).

I Am My Own Wife will resume performances Sept. 7 at 8 PM. The Broadway run will continue to Oct. 31 (having played 365 performances and 26 previews).

The production will play regional dates in the coming year.

Whoopi, a solo show starring Whoopi Goldberg, will move into the Lyceum Nov. 6.

I Am My Own Wife is Doug Wright's autobiographical drama about the playwright's search for the truth behind the life of German transvestite and Nazi- and Communist-era survivor Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. It began life at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons, before transferring to Broadway. The one-person show, which features many characters, including Wright himself, is directed by Moises Kaufman. The Lyceum Theatre is located at 149 West 45th Street. For more information visit www.iammyownwife.com.

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During the hiatus of I Am My Own Wife, Marc Salem's Mind Games on Broadway will play a full week of performances at the Lyceum Theatre.

The show, featuring the "world's foremost mentalist," usually plays Monday nights at the Lyceum (the day Wife is dark).

From Aug. 30-Sept. 5, however, Salem will offer shows Monday at 8 PM, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Mind Games will return to its Monday-night-only schedule Sept. 6.

Mind Games is neither a traditional magic show nor a hypnotism act, yet seems to have elements of both. A spokesperson for the original show termed it "a cross between Penn & Teller and Ricky Jay."

Salem, a former New York University professor, has degrees from NYU and the University of Pennsylvania. He was a director of research at "Sesame Street" for ten years. His "mind games" involve audience participation and the revelation of hidden answers that come to Salem — but who knows how?

Salem's performance features the mentalist trying to divine personal information and the nature of randomly selected items from the audience.

Tickets for Marc Salem's Mind Games on Broadway are priced at $70. For more information visit www.delphibroadway.com.