June Wedding: Durang's Marriage of Bette and Boo, Directed by Bobbie, Will Return to Off-Broadway

News   June Wedding: Durang's Marriage of Bette and Boo, Directed by Bobbie, Will Return to Off-Broadway
Walter Bobbie will direct an Off-Broadway revival of Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette and Boo in June 2008.
Walter Bobbie
Walter Bobbie Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The Roundabout Theatre Company will present the new Off-Broadway production of the comedy starting June 13, 2008, at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The limited run will open in July and play through Sept. 7. Bobbie — who staged the 2003 Broadway run of Twentieth Century for Roundabout — will take on the dark comedy for the company. Casting and the design team are yet to be announced.

The Marriage of Bette and Boo "takes a look at the complex marriage" of the two title characters. "Three decades of marriage, divorce, alcoholism, nervous breakdowns and death – all blended in a unique mix of irony, humor and farce – are played out in 33 quick scenes," reads a show description.

The Durang work originally played Off-Broadway in May 1985 with Jerry Zaks directing a cast that featured Joan Allen, Graham Beckel, Olympia Dukakis, Mercedes Ruehl and Durang himself. The show won Obie Awards for playwriting and its ensemble.

Bobbie — who is represented on Broadway by the long-running revival of Chicago — has also staged High Fidelity, Sweet Charity, Footloose and A Grand Night for Singing, among others.

Durang's works also include A History of the American Film, The Actor's Nightmare, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Beyond Therapy, Baby with the Bathwater, Laughing Wild, Sex and Longing and Betty's Summer Vacation.

Tickets to The Marriage of Bette and Boo at the Laura Pels Theatre, 111 West 46 Street, will be available in spring 2008 by calling (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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