Caveman, a new play written and directed by Maxwell, will play its last performance at the OOB theatre Soho Rep May 19. And earlier Maxwell work, Boxing 2000, ending its limited, simultaneous run at the company on May 12.
Boxing 2000 played at the Present Company Theatorium in September 2000 and netted a rave review from the New York Times. Overseas commitments, however, forced the production to end as scheduled, without extending. Boxing 2000 — a venture of Maxwell's new company, The New York City Players — concerns a pair of New York City half-brothers. The older sibling trains the younger for a boxing match, while they talk about "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Also taking part in the drama are a father and one of the brother's girlfriend.
Caveman stars Tory Vazquez, Jim Fletcher and Lakpa Bhutia. The latter two appear in Boxing 2000. The play is about a married couple, whose lives are altered when a third person enters their midst. On the surface, the plot resembles that of House, Maxwell's break-out play, in which a family of mother, father and child is changed forever when a stranger pays a sudden call. (Those who wished to compare the two works got their chance on May 17, when a special performance of House followed Caveman.)
As with most of his works, Caveman will feature a musical score composed by Maxwell. However, whereas in past shows songs were played on cassette recorders, the music in Caveman will be performed by Greg Hirte, Bryan Kelly and Scott Sherratt.
Tickets are $15. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street. For information, call (212) 479-7979. —By Robert Simonson