Last chance to catch David Mamet's 1985 play The Frog Prince, which is having its first Off-Broadway production since a 1985 staging as part of Ensemble Studio Theatre's annual one-act Marathon. The show will end its well-received run Aug. 3 at the 78th Street Theatre Lab. Frog started hopping April 20 and was originally supposed to leap away June 29 but was extended due to sell-out crowds.
Production spokesperson Jim Baldassare told Playbill On-Line the show will likely be brought back this-coming season, possibly around the holidays.
Though best known for such caustic examinations of male bonding as American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross and Sexual Perversity In Chicago, Mamet stayed G-rated for this 1985 adaptation of the classic children's fable, about an arrogant prince who gets turned into a frog after denying a peasant woman a simple gift.
When this production begins performances at NY's 78th Street Theatre Lab April 20, it will be the third Manhattan fairy tale about royal egotists punished for their selfishness with nasty spells (the Beast and his servants in Beauty And The Beast; the mute King in Once Upon A Mattress).
Staged by 78th Street Theatre Lab artistic director Eric Nightengale (of The Packwood Papers), The Frog Prince is performed by Ruth Nightengale, Vincent Sagona, Toby Wherry (the Prince) and Karen Wright. Rosanna Rosa has designed the set, Sybil Kempson the costumes. Mamet's other works include Speed-the-Plow, The Cryptogram and Edmond.
For tickets ($8 adults/$5 children 12 and under) and information call (212) 873-9050. The show opened May 4 and runs to Aug. 3, with all performances on Sundays at 1 PM.
--By David Lefkowitz