Larry Block will reprise his off-Broadway role in playwright Matty Selman's one-man show, Uncle Philip's Coat at Theater J in Washington, D.C. The nine-performance run opens open Jan. 7 and closes Jan. 17.
Directed by Block's frequent co-star Marcia Jean Kurtz (who earned an Obie for her performance in The Loman Family Picnic at the Manhattan Theatre Club), the show was well-received as a final season offering last spring by New York's American Jewish Theatre at the Raymond J. Greenwald Theatre.
Block's many roles include the father in The Loman Family Picnic (which he created) and Mr. Goldstone to Tyne Daly's Rose in Gypsy at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway.
In Coat, Larry Zhivatovsky, an actor in his mid-50s, relives incidents from the life of his Uncle Philip, for 40 years a boardwalk brassiere peddler and lifelong fellow luftmensch ("man with his head in the clouds").
The production will be supported by the original off-Broadway design team, which includes Chris Dallos (lights), Ray Recht (set), and Chris Fields (costumes). Theater J performs in the Cecile Goldman Theatre in the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., four blocks east of the Dupont Circle Metro Station (Q Street Exit). For ticket information, call 1-800-494-TIXS.
-- by Barbara Gross