Single And Proud, a short comedy about the dating scene by Frederick Stroppel, will open Sunday, Oct. 6, at the 29th Street Repertory studio space in New York.
Only 40 minutes long, the play will be followed by an hour of mingling and matchmaking, including a blind-date-oriented raffle.
Originally a segment of the company's 6th Annual Summer One Act Festival, Single And Proud will retain cast-members Elizabeth Elkins (whose EE Productions is producing the show) and Lois Raebeck, as well as director Michael Hillyer. The two new actors are Neil Necastro and Courtney Penzimer.
Augmenting the 29th Street evening will be "dancing, mingling, raffles and tarot readings by LOVE astrologer, Ronnie Swain."
Stroppel's relationship comedy, Fortune's Fools, had a commercial Off-Broadway run in 1995-96. Elkins told Playbill On-Line she was excited about the show, though plans for an open run had to be scrapped when 29th Street Rep tapped her to be in a show in November. "That show will run to New Year's," she said, "so Single And Proud is only going to run Sundays in October. Then we hope to reopen at a permanent space for a weekday run in January. Something on Theatre Row."
In his review for This Month ON STAGE (Sept. 1995), David Solomon wrote that the show was "hilarious and hilariously staged. ...Single finds poor Steve stuck in `Power Dating For The 90's' with a chirpy instructor and only one other classmate: a game but nap-prone 70 year old (Lois Raebeck). The instructor, played with vivid verve by Elizabeth Elkins, does her best to push these two together." For tickets and information regarding Single And Proud, call (212) 243-4718.
-- By David Lefkowitz