Jeff Baron's comedy, Visiting Mr. Green, will say goodbye to current Mr. Green, Hal Linden and make room for a visit from David Margulies (Angels in America, Conversations With My Father), who'll be taking over the title role through the end of the run, Jan. 3.
Linden took over from the Drama Desk-nominated star, Eli Wallach, on Jul. 7. Co-star in the two-hander Mitchell Anderson will continue with the production throughout its run. Visiting Mr. Green celebrated its 300th performance Aug. 19.
Wallach had been with the play since it tried out in March 1997 at Florida's Coconut Grove Playhouse and opened, Dec. 15, 1997, at the Union Square Theatre in New York.
The first full-length play by Jeff Baron, a writer for TV's "Tracy Ullman Show" and "Sisters," Visiting Mr. Green also helped net veteran actor Wallach the first annual Edith Oliver Award for "excellence Off Broadway."
Mitchell Anderson stars in TV's "Party of Five." His stage credits include Gross Indecency in L.A. and Flaubert's Latest at Off Broadway's Playwrights Horizons. The Mr. Green of the title is a surly, 80s age widower living on NY's Upper West Side. Amiable Ross Gardiner intrudes on this setting -- by nearly running Mr. Green down with his car. Sentenced, as community service, to visit Green weekly for six months, Gardiner establishes an odd friendship with the old man.
Directing the Florida production and New York productions is Lonny Price, who staged The Springhill Singing Disaster, The Rothschilds and Juno Off Broadway. Costumes for Mr. Green are by Gail Brassard, lighting by Phil Monat (who also did the honors in Florida), and set by Loren Sherman.
For tickets or more information on Visiting Mr. Green at the Union Square Theatre, call (212) 505 0700.