Duet! A Romantic Fable -- the Adobe Theatre Company creation which opened last fall at Off Off-Broadway's Ohio Theatre and got a new lease on life when it reopened Oct. 6 at the Actors' Playhouse in Greenwich Village -- will end that life on Sunday Dec. 20. It will have played 9 previews and 87 performances.
The production was the first in a season which saw Adobe take up residence in the Seventh Avenue South theatre.
A kitschy, stylized and romantic love story, Duet! opened to some enthusiastic reviews and, along with their serial Larry and the Werewolf, Notions in Motion and The Handless Maiden, helped put the company on the map. Audiences, however, did not turn out as expected for the company's commercial move of Duet!.
Repeating their roles in the show are leads Quinn Purcell and Gregory Jackson, alongside Frank Ensengberger, Derin Basden, Chris Klimkoski, Henry Caplan, Kathryn Langwell and Beau Ruland. The play was written by Jackson and Purcell and will be co-directed by Jackson, Purcell and Jeremy Dobrish.
Set design is by Stephen Capone; sound by Chris Todd; lighting by Paul Ziemer; and costumes by Daryl Stone. Michael Garin wrote the original song used in the show. The show combines elements of vaudeville, silent film, nostalgic kitsch and puppetry. Adobe publicist and actress Kathryn Langwell, who has a small role in Duet! , describes Duet! as "a 1950s take on old movies and old values, a crazy fantasy land of the 1990s."
For ticket information on Duet! at the Actors' Playhouse, call (212) 239-6200.
-- By Robert Simonson and Sean McGrath