Lauria directs the limited run of the production (based on James Glossman's original direction) at the California theatre. The show — which also features Broadway star Liz Larsen — begins May 31 and opens June 2 for a run through June 24 at the Burbank stage. In The Value of Names, "Benny Silverman (Jack Klugman) was an up-and coming comedian before getting blacklisted at the height of the Red Scare when his name was given up by his best friend, Leo Gershen (Dan Lauria)," according to a release. "Now, fifty years later, he must come to terms with his daughter Norma (Liz Larsen), an actress who wants to give up his name and, even worse, act in a play directed by his nemesis, Leo."
Klugman, known best for his role of Oscar Madison in the television series "The Odd Couple" and the title role on "Quincy M.E.," has appeared on Broadway in The Sunshine Boys, Three Men on a Horse, I'm Not Rappaport, The Sudden & Accidental Re-Education of Horse Johnson and in the original stage production of The Odd Couple as a replacement player.
Lauria played the patriarch on the TV show "The Wonder Years" and has theatrical credits in The Stone Carver, Hearts, The Price, Men with Suits, The Guys, Ears on a Beatle and Leading Ladies.
Larsen — last seen on Broadway in Hairspray — has also been on the stage in The Smell of the Kill, The Rocky Horror Show, Damn Yankees, The Most Happy Fella, Fiddler on the Roof, A New Brain and Newyorkers. She is currently starring in the George Street Playhouse production of Falsettos.
Klugman, Lauria and Larsen previously performed the work (Nov. 2006) at The George Street Playhouse.
For tickets to The Value of Names at the Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank, CA, call (818) 955-8101. For more information, visit www.falcontheatre.com.