After making its world premiere in Canada in 1999, Edward Manning's Gemini made its U.S. premiere at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, Jan. 13 in New York City. The production that began performances Jan. 4 will end its run Feb. 3.
In Gemini, a self-proclaimed "moderate fascist dictator" propagates his philosophies to his army that has now come to power. Joe, however, is in an insane asylum, and his army are a group of the institutionalized patients. Manning draws parallels to the modern world in this comical presentation.
David Kennedy directed the production that featured Kenneth Wilson Harrington. Playwright-director-actor Manning has coincidentally won the Gemini award (the Canadian equivalent to an Emmy) twice.
(This production is not to be confused with another play titled Gemini by Albert Innaurato that opened on Broadway in 1977 and ran for four years. That play was also revived Off-Broadway in 1999.)
For tickets to Gemini, at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, at 236 West 78th and Broadway, call (212) 873-9050. — by Ernio Hernandez