Mercedes Ruehl, recently seen tearing up the stage as Martha in the Guthrie Theatre's production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, will star in a new play by Jenny Lyn Bader, Manhattan Casanova, this-coming summer. The comedy will run at East Hampton, Long Island's Guild Hall, Aug. 23-Sept. 9.
Casanova is described as "a comedy about compulsive behavior, love in the time of cyberspace and meeting one's match." Ruehl won a Tony Award for Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers and an Oscar for "The Fisher King."
Also expected in the Guild Hall's John Drew Theatre this summer is KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler's tribute to the music of George Gershwin, American Rhapsody. The revue has been playing at the Triad Theatre in Manhattan for months. The show will run June 27-July 8. Opening the season at the Drew is Married Moments, a new play by B.H. Friedman, playing June 14-24.
Guild Hall will also host three tributes to American musical theatre talents:
July 1 at 8 PM: Let's Misbehave!, honoring the music of Cole Porter
July 22 at 8 PM: Grease, Parade, Candide, recognizing the choreography of Patricia Birch
Aug. 5 at 8 PM: Fiddler on the Roof and More, a tribute to the musicals of Joseph Stein Finally, Spalding Gray will resurrect his long-standing "Interviewing the Audience" act on Aug. 17 at 8 PM. Tickets prices vary. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton, NY. For more information, call (631) 324-2722.
—By Robert Simonson