Playwright Daniel MacIvor seems to be following a successful formula: Write a play — produce it at the New York International Fringe Festival — get it produced at a small 60-seat theatre — get an Off-Broadway run. It worked for his Never Swim Alone and the plan seems to be following suit for See Bob Run, which is set to run at KGB's The Red Room, Feb. 7-March 3.
While MacIvor's See Bob Run did enjoy a mounting at last summer's Fringe, this is a different production. MacIvor's Never Swim co-hort, director Timothy P. Jones, returns to the team for this run. MacIvor and Jones have revised the earlier script as Jones told Playbill On-Line, making "a lot of the references updated and Americanized to make it more contemporary." He also noted that "initially when we were working on Never Swim Alone, we planned to do the two productions [as one show]," but they realized it stood well enough on its own.
Also rejoining the duo is Susan O'Connor, who played the Referee in Never Swim. She plays the title character of Roberta or "Bob". The play follows the life of the heroine as she tries to find her father while escaping her mother, best friend and boyfriend.
Never Swim Alone ran at the 1999 Fringe, then ran at St. Mark's Theatre before its three-month engagement at OB's Soho Playhouse this past summer. Other works by MacIvor include Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, Here Lies Henry and Monster (which premiered at Performance Space 122 last year.)
To make reservations to See Bob Run at the Red Room, 85 East 4th St (between Bowery and 2nd Ave.), call (212) 539-7686. — by Ernio Hernandez