Last chance to catch Douglas Carter Beane's new comedy, The Country Club, at the Long Wharf Theatre in CT. The show, s about wealthy twenty-somethings who don't know how to approach adulthood, opened Jan. 9 and ends its run Feb. 1.
Author Beane's Advice From A Caterpillar played Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, and he penned the screenplay for the cult hit film, To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything!, Love Julie Newmar. But Beane really burst onto the scene with the satirical As Bees In Honey Drown, now playing at the Lortel.
Says Long Wharf artistic director Douglas Hughes, "Douglas Carter Beane is the rare phenomenon in contemporary American playwriting: an incisive, compassionate satirist."
Country Club was previously produced by VT's Dorset Playhouse and L.A.'s Mojo Ensemble (1995). The play also had a reading at NY's Playwrights Horizons. Beane sees the play as partially autobiographical, in that "everything men ƒ.is real except for the characters' names. The location, the restaurants, the places -- everything."
Starring in The Country Club are Peter Benson, Johanna Day, Kurt Deutsch, Marianne Hagan, Amanda Peet, Amy Sedaris (of "The Talent Family") and Alan Tudyk. The latter received acclaim for his appearance as dozens of different characters in Off-Broadway's Bunny Bunny. Designing The Country Club are James Youmans (sets), Jess Goldstein (costumes), Frances Aronson (lighting) and Jeff Carlson (sound).
Director Christopher Ashley staged Bunny Bunny, Fires In The Mirror and Blown Sideways Through Life Off-Broadway. He also directed the stage premiere and film version of Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey.
Also on tap for the Long Wharf is David Rabe's A Question Of Mercy, to be directed by Douglas Hughes. Beginning Feb. 13, opening Feb. 18 and running to March 15, Mercy looks at a doctor troubled by an AIDS victim's request for help in committing suicide. A Pulitzer contender, the drama premiered at New York Theatre Workshop last season. Long Wharf's mounting will travel to the UK in an exchange with the Bush Theatre's Love and Understanding.
For tickets to Long Wharf productions call (203) 787-4282.