After a successful mounting at New Jersey's George Street Theatre, Anne Meara's second play, Down the Garden Paths, has had an equally potent run at Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre. Remaining shows in the run, through Feb. 20, sold out more than a week ago, according to Long Wharf Kimberly Sewright. No word yet on whether there's a New York "buzz" on the piece.
Down the Garden Paths started previews Jan. 19 and opened Jan. 26, with David Saint, best known for helming Meara's After-Play across the country, directing.
The story of a family gathering to celebrate the latest novel by an award winning author, Down the Garden Paths features an on-film cameo by Meara's real-life husband, Jerry Stiller, playing Herschel Strange, a quantum physicist. Stiller and Meara's real-life daughter, Amy Stiller (Sharon Garden/Jodie Garden), is also in the show. And adding further to the show's familial undercurrent are true life couple Eli Wallach (Sid Garden) and Anne Jackson (Stella Dempsey Garden), joined by their daughter, Roberta Wallach (Claire Shayne/Claire Garden). Supporting cast members include Michael Countryman (Max Garden), Angela Pietropinto (Professor Cramer), John Procaccino (Arthur Garden) and Ann McDonough (Liz Garden).
Jackson and Wallach have appeared together in such shows as Twice Around the Park and the recent Tennessee Williams Remembered. The younger Wallach received a Drama Desk nomination for playing the hellishly unpleasant daughter in Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment.
Designing The Garden Paths at George Street are Michael Elliott (lighting, replacing Howell Binkley, who was busy on Minnelli on Minnelli), James Youmans (set), Chris Bailey (sound) and David Murin (costumes). Tickets are $45-$10 and are available by calling the Long Wharf, 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, at (203) 787-4282.
-- By Christine Ehren
and David Lefkowitz