Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami serves the first post Broadway staging of Neil Simon's The Dinner Party Oct. 30-Nov. 25, in a staging directed John Rando and starring Greg Mullavey as Claude, one of three men lured to a Paris restaurant to be reunited with their ex-wives.
Simon's rueful comic play about marriage, fidelity, divorce and reconciliation, closed Sept. 1 on Broadway after a happy, hit run (and stagings in Los Angeles and Washington, DC). The Broadway set was shipped to Florida for the resident staging. The design and the cast will move to Millburn, NJ, in January for a run at Paper Mill.
Mullavey appeared in Coconut Grove's Indiscretions and Jake's Women and played Simon's Rumors and Bernard Slade's Romantic Comedy on Broadway. He might be best remembered as the husband on TV's "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."
The cast also includes Michael Mastro (as Albert Donay), whose Broadway credits include Judgment at Nuremberg, Side Man, Barrymore and Love! Valour! Compassion; Steve Vinovich (as Andre); Meg Foster (as Gabrielle), Elizabeth Heflin (as Mariette) and Catherine Lloyd Burns (as Yvonne).
Simon's 31st play, 45 Seconds From Broadway, opens on Broadway Nov. 11. Rando (Urinetown) recreates his Broadway direction; he also helmed in DC and L.A. Designers are John Lee Beatty (set), Mary Ann Smith (costumes) and Brian MacDevitt (lighting).
For ticket information, call (305) 442-4000 or visit www.cgplayhouse.com.