J.M. Barrie is best remembered by his eternal boy Peter Pan, but among his other works is the 1902 social satire, The Admirable Crichton, set for a concert reading revival with the Actors Company Theatre Jan. 12, 14 and 15 at the New York Historical Society Theatre. Simon Jones, lately of Broadway's Waiting in the Wings, stars as the title character.
And what a character he is. Although Crichton begins the play as the perfect English butler at the beck and call of his mater, Lord Loam, when he and the Lord's family are stranded on a desert island, a surprising and humorous turn of events results.
Scott Alan Evans directs. Joining Jones in the cast are Sean Arbuckle, Delphi Harrington, Greg McFadden, Scott Schafer, Tom Toner, Lyn Wright, Mary Bacon and Margaret Nichols.
Tickets are $15. The New York Historical Society is located on Central Park West at West 77th Street. For reservations, call (212) 645-TACT. The Actors Company Theatre is on the web at http://www.tactnyc.org.
* The upcoming TACT season includes:
• Feb. 16-19: A Family Affair by Alexander Ostrovsky, adapted by Nick Dear
• March 23, 25-26: The Apollo of Bellac by Jean Giraudoux and The Bald Soprano by Ionesco
• May 4, 6-7: Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan
— By Christine Ehren