Those familiar with the raggedy, filthy young men in Lyle Kessler's oddball comedy, Orphans, certainly wish they had some soap. Well, at Off-Off-Broadway's Raw Space, the play will get the next best thing: three soap opera actors.
David Canary and Mark Consuelos, regulars on "All My Children," and Keith Grumet of "Loving" star in this gritty piece, mounted by Consuelos' own Greenbone Productions. The play tells of a Chicago mobster who serves as a father figure to two dead-end kids.
Canary appeared on Broadway in Great Day in the Morning, opposite Colleen Dewhurst. Grumet appeared in Tales From the Woods at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Director Aaron Davidman was trained at Carnegie Mellon University.
Orphans was originally produced at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983, and was subsequently directed at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre by Gary Sinise. A 1996 production at Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles received three Drama-Logue Awards, including Best Director, and Best Ensemble.
For tickets ($12) and information on Orphans, beginning previews Feb. 4, opening Feb. 5 and running to Feb. 14, call (212) 354-2220. -- By David Lefkowitz