Robin Rothstein's comedy/drama, On Deaf Ears, won Do-Gooder Productions' first playwriting contest and is now being produced by that organization at Off-Broadway's Kaufman Theatre. The show, directed by John Ruocco, runs to Jan. 12, and stars Rosemary Prinz, Gil Rogers and Chevi Colton.
Sadie and Evelyn, two Jewish seniors, are relaxing by their condominium pool when Lila, Sadie's daughter, arrives. Lila confesses that she's ill, and that her "perfect" brother, Daniel, isn't so perfect. Meanwhile Evelyn must fend off the advances of Jimmy, an ardent and relentless suitor.
Rosemary Prinz is best known for playing Penny on TV's "As The World Turns," but has a stage career dating back to when she was 16. On Broadway, she's appeared in Tribute, Tonight In Samarkand and Grey-Eyed People. She created the role of M'Lynn in the Off Broadway hit, Steel Magnolias.
Gil Rogers' Broadway credits inhtst Little Whorehouse In Texas and The Great White Hope. He's just finished his 12th year as Hawke Shayne on CBS' "The Guiding Light." Chevi Colton played Harvey Fierstein's mom on Broadway in Torch Song Trilogy. She also appeared in Roza, The Grand Tour and the original Cabaret.
On Deaf Ears also stars Susan Finch, Richard Sheinmel and Dana Smith. Bill Wood designed the set, Jeffrey Wallach the costumes, Chris Dallos the lighting, Vinny Apollo the sound.. Rothstein's other plays include the one-acts Coat Chair Duet and Cat-Dependency. As with all Do Gooder productions, proceeds will go to benefit a chosen charity, this time the Museum of Jewish Heritage's "Living Memorial To The Holocaust." Previous charities have included the Actors' Fund, Broadway Cares/EFA and Young Adults Against Drugs & Alcohol. Now in its third season, Do Gooder is dedicated to doing "theatre as a forum for risk."
Artistic director Mark Robert Gordon told Playbill On-Line he's hoping the show will generate enough good word of mouth for a commercial run. "We could only extend another four weeks, but we think the show deserves a commercial production. We're hoping some money people come in and take a look at it."
For tickets and information on On Deaf Ears at the Kaufman on West 42nd Street, call (212) 946-1265. By the way, the show is running in repertory with John DiResta's Beat, which is currently on a Friday Friday-Sunday schedule.
--By David Lefkowitz