First staged in 1988 at the 12th Annual Humana Festival in Louisville, Alone At The Beach has its New York premiere Nov. 6 at the Raw Space on West 42nd St.
Like Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion, which opens the same night at Berkeley Rep in Berkeley, CA, Alone At The Beach takes place at a Hamptons summer house, with all the occupants questioning and switching their relationships. Whereas the former play concerned eight gay men, Beach orchestrates he-loves/she-loves chaos: George loves Molly; Molly loves Joe; Lonnie loves Robbie; Robbie loves himself; Alex loves his computer.
Commenting on the 1989 production at Westchester's now-defunct Phoenix Theatre, Gannett newspapers defined the show's theme as: "You have to seize opportunity when it finds you, because you never know when your lease will be up."
Richard Dresser's zany comedy features Kelly Champion, Tony Freeman, Dee Dee Friedman, Barbara Halas, Timothy Harris, Sean Havens and Atli Kendall. Director Gary Walter has staged Halloween at Ensemble Studio Theatre and Teacher's Lounge at New Dramatists.
Richard Dresser's other plays include Below The Belt, which had a brief commercial run Off-Broadway with Judd Hirsch earlier in 1996, and The Downside, Alone at the Beach, Better Days, Splitsville, Bed And Breakfast, The Road to Ruin and The Hit Parade. Alone At The Beach is presented by The Beach Group, a new company formed by actress Friedman and David Buckley. For tickets ($12) and information on the show, which runs to Nov. 16, call (212) 841-0234.
-- By David Lefkowitz