If Memory Serves, the new comedy starring Elizabeth Ashley, will move into Off-Broadway's Promenade Theatre. Previews begin Nov. 26 for a Dec. 8 opening, confirmed a show spokesperson.
The producers of the play have had their eye on the Promenade for a few months now but were not able to book the house until last week, when the Off-Broadway comedy, Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, announced a closing date of Oct. 10.
If Memory Serves is written by Jonathan Tolins, the author of Twilight of the Golds. It concerns Diane Barrow (Ashley), a wholesome, Mary-Tyler-Moore-Florence-Henderson-type television star desperate to revive her flagging career. All goes to piece, however, when her son makes some ill-considered jokes which then take on a media life of their own. Leonard Foglia will direct. No other casting has been announced The play premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in early fall.
Ashley is best known for several Broadway turns in the plays of Tennessee Williams, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Suddenly Last Summer. She recently appeared at Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre in Sweet Bird of Youth.
Director Foglia staged the Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Master Class. He also directed the Pasadena mounting of If Memory Serves, which starred Brooke Adams and David Groh. -- By Robert Simonson