John Patrick Shanley's caustic divorce comedy, Where's My Money?, embraced in its summer Off-Broadway run by LAByrinth Theatre Company, gets revived by Manhattan Theatre Club at its Stage II space at City Center, beginning with previews Oct. 16.
The new comedy, under the direction of the Academy Award winning author (who helmed at LAByrinth), opens Nov. 7. The dark-humored piece about two smalltime Brooklyn divorce lawyers and the women in their lives will feature holdovers from the summer staging: David Deblinger, Yetta Gottesman, Florencia Lozano, Chris McGarry and Paula Pizzi.
The extended LAByrinth staging wrapped up July 29, starring John Ortiz. No word on who will take the Ortiz role. Where's My Money? began previews at the Center Stage space Off-Broadway June 19.
Ortiz and Deblinger starred as two self-assured divorce attorneys possessed of rather aggressive and skewed attitudes toward their own marriages. Both were cuckolded by their first wives and were a little guarded, to say the least, concerning their current spouses. Ortiz's wife, meanwhile, had her own problems — the ghost of an old boyfriend. He reappeared to demand repayment of the money she once borrowed from him to buy the wedding dress she used to marry her hubby. Another ghost haunts Deblinger, who is poring through "Crime and Punishment." Knives, guns and joint checking accounts all played their part in a production that made good use of the actors' lungs.
Shanley was represented on the Off-Broadway stage just this past winter, directing his own play, Cellini, at Second Stage. His other plays include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Four Dogs and a Bone, among others. — By Kenneth Jones
and Robert Simonson