Second Stage Theatre hands a second run to long-time collaborators Ricky Jay and David Mamet as they announce an extension — June 18-July 14 — even before the first performance sees the stage.
The duo reteam once more as Ricky Jay: On The Stem plays the Off Broadway venue April 9-June 9. Limited seats are still available for the original run according to production spokesperson. Opening night for the one-man show starring Jay and helmed by Mamet is set for May 2.
The legendary sleight-of-hand artist whose last solo show, Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants, sold out both runs in 1994 and 1998 hopes to pull off the same trick with his latest work. Jay's shows feature his signature card tricks and mentalist feats, as well as his Guinness Book-recorded ability to fling a playing card across the room and make it slice into the rind of a watermelon.
Jay's previous one-man work won the Obie and Lucille Lortel awards. His film work includes Mamet's "Heist," "State and Main," "House of Games," "The Spanish Prisoner" as well as non-Mamet works as "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia" and "Tomorrow Never Dies." Jay's books on the subject of unusual magic include "Cards As Weapons" and "Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women."
Mamet, scribe of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed the-Plow, directed the first two versions of Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants. A writer of both plays and films, Mamet's work includes American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, Sexual Perversity in Chicago as well as "The Untouchables," "Wag The Dog" and "Hoffa." Performances will begin promptly and latecomers will not be seated. Also, as per Jay's requests, no guest under the age of 16 will be admitted in the theatre.
For tickets to Ricky Jay: On The Stem at the Second Stage Theatre, 307 West 43rd Street (just of Eighth Ave.), call (212) 246-4422 or (800) 766-6048. Visit the Second Stage website at www.secondstagetheatre.com.
— by Ernio Hernandez