When George Kelly's 1924 comedy, The Show-Off, opens Nov. 26, at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre, it will feature a cast of Long Wharf regulars chosen by outgoing artistic director, Arvin Brown.
Tim Choate and Julia Gibson, both in last season's Almost All In The Timing, will play show-off Aubrey Piper and his new bride, Amy. Joyce Ebert, who played Clara in the Wharf's 1975 Show-Off, returns here as Mrs. Fisher. This is her 31st production at the theatre. Other alumni include Ann McDonough, Rex Robbins, Stephen Barker Turner, Tim Donoghue, Richard Spore and Joel Stedman.
Sets are by Michael Yeargen, lighting by Mark Stanley, costumes by David Murin.
George Kelly's nine other Broadway plays include the Pulitzer-prize winning Craig's Wife. A vaudeville performer, Kelly based Show Off on a sketch he wrote called "Poor Aubrey."
Of the play, director Brown has said, "[It's] a marvelously funny comedy, yet it speaks profoundly to the American experience. The conflict between the Fisher family, with its morality of hard work and modest speech, and Aubrey Piper with his brash, yet joyous, bragging, is as relevant today as it was in 1924 when it was written." For tickets ($29-$39) and information on The Show-Off at Long Wharf, call (203) 787-4282.
-- By David Lefkowitz