Playwright Daniel MacIvor's See Bob Run followed in the footsteps of his previous work Never Swim Alone as it received an Off-Broadway production at the Rattlestick Theatre May 10. The limited engagement that was to end June 3 will close early (May 26) owing to not-so-favorable reviews.
Like its predecessor, Bob ran at the New York International Fringe Festival, then Off-Off-Broadway at the 60-seat Red Room, then extended before garnering its Off-Broadway run.
While MacIvor's See Bob Run did enjoy a mounting at last summer's Fringe, that was a different production. MacIvor's Never Swim co hort, director Timothy P. Jones, returns to the team for this run. MacIvor and Jones have revised the earlier script, as Jones told Playbill On-Line, making "a lot of the references updated and Americanized to make it more contemporary." He also noted that "initially when we were working on Never Swim Alone, we planned to do the two productions [as one show]," but they realized it stood well enough on its own.
Also rejoining the duo is Susan O'Connor, who played the Referee in Never Swim. She plays the title character of Roberta or "Bob." The play follows the heroine in episodic glimpses of her hitchhiking across the country. Her sordid past unfolds as she tries to find her father while escaping her mother, best friend and boyfriend.
Never Swim Alone ran at the 1999 Fringe, then ran at St. Mark's Theatre before its three-month engagement at OB's Soho Playhouse this past summer. Other works by MacIvor include Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, Here Lies Henry and In On It (which will premiere at Performance Space 122 Sept. 27.) To make reservations to See Bob Run at the Rattlestick, 224 Waverly Place, call (212) 627-2556.
— by Ernio Hernandez