The Roundabout Theatre Company production, directed by Laurence Boswell, began performances March 14 and opened April 3 to positive reviews. Originally scheduled through May 25, the revival extended to June 1.
The new staging received four Tony nominations including Best Revival of a Play, Best Leading Actor and Actress for its stars Izzard and Hamilton in their Broadway debut and for Best Direction for Boswell.
Izzard and Hamilton repeated the roles they played in the production at London's Comedy Theatre. Joining them in the cast are Dana Ivey, Margaret Colin, Michael Gaston and Madeleine Martin.
Nichols' A Day In the Death of Joe Egg centers on a couple with a handicapped child. The parents concoct imaginary conversations and personality traits for the invalid as their own relationship becomes strained.
The title, as revealed in the comedic yet poignant play, refers to an expression: "My grandma used to say 'Sitting about like Joe Egg,' when she meant she had nothing to do." The characters in the 1967 work not only make up dialogue for their daughter but often address the audience directly in conversation and — creating a play within a play — act out a number of characters in scenes from their early dealing with the incapacitated child. The design team featured Es Devlin (sets and costumes), Adam Silverman (lighting) and Fergus O' Hare (sound).
Joe Egg marked the Broadway debut for Izzard. Many remember his U.S. breakout performance in the HBO airing of his Dress to Kill in which he explained his inclination to cross-dress as being normal for an "executive transvestite." The Yemen-born Brit, however, is also a viable actor with many London stagings and films to his credits — among them the once-Broadway-bound Lenny Bruce bio of Lenny, "Velvet Goldmine," "Shadow of the Vampire" and portraying Charlie Chaplin in "The Cat's Meow."
A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg plays at the American Airlines, 227 West 42nd Street. For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.