John Wylie, who played the doctor in Grand Hotel, currently stars in Skyscraper, a new comedy by Juilliard graduate David Auburn. The show began previews Sept. 11 and opened Sept. 28 at Off Broadway's Greenwich House Theatre. Originally supposed to close Oct. 5, Skyscraper was recently extended to Oct. 26.
Six strangers are drawn to the rooftop of an historic skyscraper in Auburn's romantic comedy, which was workshopped at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
Wylie's other credits include The Lucky Spot at Manhattan Theatre Club and the role of Senator Hedges in the 1989 Broadway revival of Born Yesterday. He also appeared in A Delicate Balance at Houston's Alley Theatre in 1967 and in Arms And The Man at Oklahoma's Mummers Theatre in 1968.
Also starring in the show are Marianne Hagan, Jeffrey Donovan (An Inspector Calls), Nina Landey, Andrew Sgroi and Jenna Stern. Designing the show are Michael Fagin (set), Chris Lee (lighting), Chris Field (costumes) and Johnna Doty (sound).
Previous works by Auburn, a 1996 playwright in residence for the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, TX, include Fifth Planet and The Next Life. Auburn penned the first draft of Skyscraper when he was a Juilliard Fellow. His mentors, Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang, encouraged him to rework the piece during his subsequent residency (1993-95) at the school. ecting Skyscraper is Michael Rego, who has credits at NY's Perry Street Theatre and Syracuse Stage. Producing the show is the Araca Group: Matthew Rego, Michael Rego (his brother) and Hank Unger.
For tickets ($25) and information on Skyscraper at Greenwich House Theatre on Barrow St., call (212) 279-4200.
--By David Lefkowitz