Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane Cancels Performance, New Kath for Sunday Matinee

News   Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane Cancels Performance, New Kath for Sunday Matinee The Off-Broadway revival of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane had to cancel its May 6 evening performance when actress Barbara Sims fell ill. Kate Guyton replaced her for the May 7 matinee.

Sims, who is expected to return, had replaced Tony Award-nominated actress Jan Maxwell, who originated the role of Kath in the Off-Broadway show. Maxwell was a replacement for the previously announced Lisa Emery — who stayed with her recent turn in Off-Broadway's Abigail's Party. (Guyton ended up playing the remainder of performances through May 21.)

Scott Ellis (Twelve Angry Men) directs the new staging of the dark comedy which began previews Feb. 17 and opened March 16. The limited engagement runs at the Laura Pels Theatre through May 21. Alec Baldwin, Chris Carmack and Richard Easton also star.

In Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Orton pens a tale of a landlady (Maxwell) who invites the titular "attractive, mischievous and dangerous" man (Carmack) back to her house where she and her brother (Baldwin) "compete for his favors." The stranger's past, however, threatens to catch up with him as the siblings' elderly father (Easton) recalls when they last met. The London-set drama made its Broadway debut in 1965 and was revived in 1996 Off-Broadway.

The design team for Entertaining Mr. Sloane includes Allen Moyer (sets), Michael Krass (costumes), Ken Posner (lights) and John Gromada (sound) — who also provides original music.

Tickets to Entertaining Mr. Sloane are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.