Recently, Off-Broadway audiences got a taste of playwright Wendy Wasserstein's latest work, as Lincoln Center Theater presented the premiere of Old Money. Now, the Worth Street Theatre will take a second look at the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's origins, reviving 1983's Isn't It Romantic?. The production will begin performances Feb. 2 for an opening on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
The Worth Street trumpets the staging as the first Off-Broadway revival of the early Wasserstein hit. Directed by Jeff Cohen, the play will feature Maddie Corman, Jennifer Bassey, Suzie Cover, Hillel Meltzer, Barbara Spiegel, Peter Van Wagner, Paul Whitthorne and Tom Wiggin.
The comedy centers on two friends, Janie Blumberg, who is Jewish, and Harriet Cornwall, who is a WASP. Together they search for solace from unsatisfying boyfriends, aggravating parents and their rising careers.
Wasserstein's career began in earnest with Uncommon Women and Others, but it was The Heidi Chronicles that launched her into the first tier of successful American dramatists. That play won the Tony and New York Drama Critics Circle Award, as well as the Pulitzer. It was followed up by another hit, The Sisters Rosensweig. Recent efforts such as An American Daughter and Old Money, which have shown Wasserstein becoming more ambitious in plotting and subject matter, have received far less critical praise.
Notable past Worth Street shows include Tennessee Williams' Small Craft Warnings, Uncle Jack, an adaptation of Uncle Vanya, and the theatre's frequent "Snapshot" series of one-acts. Tickets are $35. The Worth Street's home, The Tribeca Playhouse, is located at 111 Reade Street. For information, call (212) 206-1515.
— By Robert Simonson