Short and Suite: Coward Plays to Close, April 16

News   Short and Suite: Coward Plays to Close, April 16 After 16 previews, eight regular performances, the producers of Noel Coward's Suite In Two Keys have decided to close the show on April 16.

After 16 previews, eight regular performances, the producers of Noel Coward's Suite In Two Keys have decided to close the show on April 16.

Hayley Mills, Judith Ivey and Paxton Whitehead star in the Off-Broadway production at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Suite in Two Keys opened on April 10 to mixed-to-negative reviews. The shuttering coincides with three other recent Off-Broadway closings, of The Big Bang, House Arrest and Family Week.

John Tillinger helmed both of the Noel Coward plays that comprise Suite. As reported earlier, Tillinger replaced Miranda d'Ancona as director, though d’Ancona is still a producer of the show.

Marking former child star Hayley Mills' New York Theatre debut, Suite in Two Keys was originally planned for a December run but was delayed while producers secured a suitable Off-Broadway theatre.

Suite is produced by Mirage Theatre Company (Miranda d'Ancona and Doris Kaufman) and StageWrite Entertainment Inc. (Todd Alan Price), Jonathan Reinis Productions and Robert O'Leary. An evening of two one-act plays, Coward's Suite comprises Shadows of the Evening and A Song at Twilight. Both were originally presented in 1965 in London's West End with Noel Coward, Lilli Palmer and Irene Worth. This production coincides with the centennial of the playwright's birth. In London, the plays were done under the title Noel Coward's Suite in Three Keys and included A Song at Twilight as a full length play in rep with the shorter Shadows of the Evening and Come Into the Garden Maud. On Broadway in 1974, Song and Maud were done under the title Noël Coward in Two Keys, with Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and Anne Baxter.

-- By Murdoch McBride