Marisa Tomei and Frank Whaley Are Marie and Bruce for the New Group, Starting March 14

News   Marisa Tomei and Frank Whaley Are Marie and Bruce for the New Group, Starting March 14
 
The New Group presents the first major New York revival of Wallace Shawn's Marie and Bruce in a limited Off-Broadway engagement beginning March 14 at The New Group at Theatre Row.

Marisa Tomei and Frank Whaley
Marisa Tomei and Frank Whaley

Directed by Scott Elliott, performances will continue through May 7. Opening night is scheduled for April 5 at 7 PM.

The cast is headed by Oscar winner Marisa Tomei as Marie and Frank Whaley as Bruce with Tina Benko, Russell G. Jones, Cindy Katz, Devin Ratray, Alok Tewari, Adam Trese and Alison Wright.

"Marie and Bruce recounts the day Marie finally resolves to tell her charming and impossibly positive husband Bruce that she's had enough," according to press notes. "After a contentious morning in their apartment, Marie and Bruce embark on individual journeys through the city leading up to a dinner party that night."

The production features set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Jeff Mahshie, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Shane Rettig.

Written in 1979, Marie and Bruce premiered that year at the Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court in London, directed by Les Waters and starring Stephanie Fayerman and Philip Donaghy in the title roles. The first New York production was in 1980 at the Public Theater, New York Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Wilford Leach and produced by Joseph Papp, that production featured Louise Lasser as Marie and Bob Balaban as Bruce. The 2004 film "Marie and Bruce," with screenplay by Wallace Shawn and Tom Cairns (who also directed), starred Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick as the title characters. Show times are scheduled for Monday-Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Saturday at 2 PM.

Marie and Bruce plays at The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Aves.). Tickets may be arranged through www.telecharge.com or (212) 239-6200 or at the Theatre Row Box Office (12–8 PM daily). Tickets are $60 plus $1.25 restoration fee.

For more information visit www.thenewgroup.org.

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