Christopher Durang's praised Betty's Summer Vacation may have a commercial life Off-Broadway after all. The biting satire opened to rave reviews at Playwrights Horizons in New York last spring, but failed to transfer to an extended run, largely due to the absence of an appropriate Off-Broadway theatre. Now, there is talk that Betty's Summer Vacation may return after all. Several sources close to the project say a new collection of producers are poised to option the comedy for a New York run, to begin this coming summer. Questions of casting and theatre still remain, and it is uncertain whether original director Nicholas Martin -- committed to productions in L.A., Long Island and Boston -- will be able to repeat his duties at the helm.
Meanwhile, Vacation will receive its regional premiere at Pittsburgh's Public Theatre in spring 2000. Washington, DC, will see Durang's play at the Studio Theatre in May.
--By Robert Simonson