The Keen Company, the Off-Broadway company that has batted two for two with hit productions of The Good Thief and The Voice of the Turtle, has selected Tina Howe's Museum as its latest project. The staging will run at the Connelly Theater June 7-30. Carl Forsman, Keen's artistic director, pilots the show.
Featured in the cast is Matt Servitto, who has a recurring role in "The Sopranos" as FBI Agent Harris. Joining him (in a cast of 21!) are Joanna Adler, Susan Blackwell, Brennan Brown, Elizabeth Bunch, Kate Hampton, Chris Hutchison, Dina Pearlman and Christa Scott-Reed.
A cast of 21 performers is quite a leap from the one needed for The Good Thief and the three wanted for Turtle. Why are so many actors involved? Museum takes place in a Manhattan art palace on the last day of an exhibition of three modern artists. Over the course of the institution's operating hours, the museum guard watched 40 patrons, from tourists to the cognoscenti, stroll through the rooms, each attempting to pigeonhole the artwork.
Museum premiered at the Public Theater in 1978. Howe's other plays include The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances and Pride's Crossing.
Forsman also directed Conor McPherson's The Good Thief, which starred Brian d'Arcy James. The show started at the Jose Quintero Theatre and, after some good notices, transferred to 45 Bleeker Street Theatre. James won an Obie award. John Van Druten's The Voice of the Turtle was born at the Blue Heron Arts Center. Again, good reviews were won and the show moved, this time to the Mint Theatre. The Connelly Theatre is at 220 East Fourth Street, between Avenues A and B. For information, call (212) 560-7284.
—By Robert Simonson