Very often, the weekend after the Tony nominations are announced turns out to be a rough one for New York shows, with the shut-outs scurrying away alongside long runs that see the end of the season as an apt time to call it quits. This year, however, the weekend just before the Tony nods seems to be the kicker, with more than a half-dozen major shows (mostly Off-Broadway) shuttering.
Here's the body count:
* The English Teachers finishes its brief stint at Manhattan Class Company, May 1. The production, starring Ruth Williamson, began previews April 7 and opened April 21.
* Marlene, Pam Gems's Broadway bio-concert on Marlene Dietrich, ends its Broadway run May 2 after only 15 previews and 25 regular performances. Reviews were poor to mixed, box office grosses dismal.
* That Championship Season ends its brief revival at the Second Stage Theater May 2. Jason Miller's drama inaugurated the company's brand new space in midtown Manhattan.
* The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Paul Rudnick's popular comedy never quite became a hot ticket when it moved from New York Theater Workshop to the Minetta Lane Theater, Feb. 1. The show, now featuring Lea DeLaria and Julie Halston, ends May 2. * The Exact Center of the Universe, a sleeper from The Women's Project & Productions at WPP's Theater Four, ends May 2, after 8 previews and 27 regular performances. Frances Sternhagen stars in Joan Vail Thorne's comedy, which had been extended by a week.
* This Is Our Youth, another critically acclaimed play that never quite caught fire at the box office, closes May 2. Kenneth Lonergan's drama, first staged by the New Group in 1996, will have played 110 performances at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater.
* A Mom's Life, Kathryn Grody's solo about what it's like to be an urban mother -- and a wife to Mandy Patinkin -- ends its run at the Arc Light Theater May 3 -- six days prior to Mother's Day.
-- By David Lefkowitz