Suzanne Cryer, Christopher Duva and Thomas Jay Ryan head the cast of Hartford Stage's revival of The Philadelphia Story, directed by David Warren, which ends its run on Nov. 4. The play opened on Oct. 10. Cryer plays Main Line ice princess Tracy Lord, Duva her frisky, still-in love ex, C.K. Dexter Haven, and Ryan the "Spy" journalist snooping into Lord's coming wedding, Macaulay Connor.
David Warren arguably had his greatest success with the Broadway revival of another Barry play, Holiday. (Warren recently helmed Baptiste: The Life of Moliere at Hartford.) A new London production of The Philadelphia Story starring Calista Flockhart was recently announced and then called off this spring.
Cryer is familiar to Hartford audiences from HS's staging of The Rivals. She is, perhaps, most famous for a guest appearance on "Seinfeld," in which she played the "Yada-Yada Girl," a short-time girlfriend of Jason Alexander's George who used the nonsense words "Yada-Yada-Yada" to fill in the blanks in her sentences.
Duva has appeared Off-Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club's Experiment With an Air Pump and How I Learned to Drive. Ryan was for many years a regular at the small theatres below Manhattan's 14th Street, but has since graduated to films. He played the title role of an errant and arrogant poet-freeloader in Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool."
Also in the cast are Pamela Payton-Wright, Jack Gilpin, William Westenberg, Elizabeth Hanly Rice, Christopher Wynkoop, Brandon Demery, Michelle Petterson and John Flaherty. —By Robert Simonson