For a schoolteacher obssessed with the Holocaust who viciously envisions revenge, Mrs. Feuerstein has proved popular enough in Los Angeles to extend the Murray Mednick world premiere an extra month. The drama, originally set to close Aug. 25, will continue on through Sept. 23 at 2100 Square Feet. Roxanne Rogers (Moon City, Savage in Limbo) directs.
Mednick was inspired to write Mrs. Feuerstein after reading an excerpt in "Hitler's Willing Executioners" that described wealthy woman Frieda Wohl eating finger sandwiches and drinking champagne while watching her husband Max shoot 50 Jewish men in a town square. In the play, vengeful Mrs. Feuerstein, a creative writing teacher at a private school, writes a lesbian fantasy sequence with Frida, wife of a German American faculty member named Max, in a play-within-a-play. The incident draws the two together, but threatens Feuerstein's sanity.
Maria O'Brien stars as Mrs. Feuerstein with Christopher Allport ("Jack Frost") and 1999 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award winner Lynnda Ferguson (Private Lives, Dangerous Liaisons). Also in the cast are Drago Sumonja (Dr. Baum), Gwendoline Yeo (Jane) and Louis R. Plante.
The design team is Jeff Atherton (sets), Rand Ryan (lighting), Brigette Phillips (costumes) and O-lan Jones (sound).
Tickets are $10-$20. 2100 Square Feet is located at 5615 San Vicente Boulevard. For reservations, call (323) 692-2652. — By Christine Ehren