On Nov. 7, when they hang out the "Together Again" sign at Theatre Four, it will be the first time Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara have appeared on the same stage together in a play since 1957. The operative phrase there is "in a play." The last play in which the husband-and-wife comedy team appeared together was a little something by William Shakespeare called "Two Gentlemen of Verona" up in Central Park. The play reuniting them 38 years later is Meara's own "After-Play" -- which was such a surprise hit with critics when it premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club that it has gone into a successful open-ended run at Theatre Four.
But the playwright is eager that the show not be perceived as a Stiller & Meara outing. To that end, Stiller will be playing the husband of Rita Moreno, who also goes into the show Nov. 7, replacing Barbara Barrie. Meara will retain the husband she started out with when she replaced Rue McClanahan when the play transferred: Merwin Goldsmith.
-- By Harry Haun