Preliminary talks are underway to bring the Off-Off-Broadway political drama, Bedfellows to a larger house. The play, about behind-the scenes maneuvers in naming a successor to an incumbent, was penned by Herman Daniel Farrell III -- son of NY Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell.
Jim Simpson's direction of the fast-moving piece received especially strong praise from the New York critics when the show played at the tiny Flea Theatre on White St., Oct. 10-Nov. 2. According to a production spokesperson, however, the one serious obstacle facing a move of the show is the New York Times review, which raved about the first act but noted serious reservations about act two.
A source for the BAT Theatre, which produced Bedfellows, couldn't comment on the proposed re-mounting. He did tell Playbill On-Line (Nov. 5) talks were in the works, and that the situation would be clearer, one way or another, by mid-December.
Appearing in the show at the Flea were Brian Clark, Reed Birney, Gerry Bamman (Nixon in Nixon's Nixon, which was directed by Simpson), Richard Davidson, Peter J. Fernandez, Alice Haining, Mike Hodge, Lazar Perez, Saundra Santiago, Peggy Schaditch, Phyllis Sommerville, Karl Wiedergott and Damian Young.
-- By David Lefkowitz