Sedaris' The Book of Liz Is Shut Off-Broadway June 1

News   Sedaris' The Book of Liz Is Shut Off-Broadway June 1 Off-Broadway's extended Drama Dept. production of the new Amy and David Sedaris play, The Book of Liz, will end its run on June 1. The show began previews March 12 and opened on March 26 to warm reviews. A previous extension to May 20 was followed by an extension to June 1.

Off-Broadway's extended Drama Dept. production of the new Amy and David Sedaris play, The Book of Liz, will end its run on June 1. The show began previews March 12 and opened on March 26 to warm reviews. A previous extension to May 20 was followed by an extension to June 1.

The show is called The Book of Liz, after the central character, Sister Elizabeth, who, though she makes the cheese balls that financially support her church sect, feels unappreciated and runs away. Several experiences ensue.

The cast includes Amy Sedaris, David Rakoff, Chuck Coggins and Jackie Hoffman.

The design team will include Hugh Hamrick (sets), Victoria Farrell (costumes), Kirk Bookman (lights) and Laura Grace Brown (sound). Hamrick directs.

Amy Sedaris recently appeared in the troupe's production of Douglas Carter Beane's The Country Club. Brother David, meanwhile, is the comic author of such volumes as "Barrel Fever" and "Naked." Together, they operate as The Talent Family and have presented a series of satirical, sketch-like comedies such as One Woman Shoe and The Little Frieda Mysteries. Most of these shows were seen at La MaMa, but the Sedaris siblings appear to have found a new home at the Drama Dept. Co-star Jackie Hoffman won a 2001 OBIE Award for her performance. At the May 21 OBIE ceremony, she said their were hopes of transferring the comedy to a commercial run. A show spokesman said that no such plan was in the offing, however.

—By Robert Simonson