[sic], the new play by hitherto unknown author Melissa James Gibson, is turning into one of the bigger hits in the 26-year history of the small Off-Off-Broadway outfit Soho Rep. After the New York Times' Bruce Weber called the drama "the most alluring play of the season so far" upon its Nov. 21 opening, the production extended to Dec. 22.
The notice also attracted the attention of commercial producers, who are trekking down to Soho Rep's small Walker Street space. The success of the show, which is directed by Daniel Aukin, comes at an opportune moment: Soho Rep, situated only blocks from the site of the World Trade Center, was direly affected by the events of Sept. 11.
Obie winner and sometime film star James Urbaniak stars in [sic], which began previews Nov. 14. Urbaniak toiled for years in Off-Off Broadway haunts like Nada and HERE, before winning an Obie Award for The Universe by Richard Foreman. Soon after that, he began popping up in films such as Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool" and Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown." He was a co-founder of the Arden Party theatre company, a troupe which also produced director Karin Coonrod and actor-director Randall Curtis Rand.
Also in the cast are Dominic Fumusa, Christina Kirk, Jennifer Morris and Trevor Williams. Fumusa was seen on Broadway in Wait Until Dark and A Flea in Her Ear. Kirk made an impression as the star of Emma Griffin's recent revival of Kaufman and Ferber's Stage Door.
In [sic], Babette, Theo and Frank live in neighboring apartments. Urbanties who once looked forward to great careers as a novelist, musician and auctioneer, respectively, they are now not so young and not so promising. The show is described as being about "friendships built on quicksand." [sic] was developed in Soho Rep's 2000-01 playwrights-directors lab and given a reading this past spring. "[sic]" is an editorial term meaning, roughly, "intentionally so written." It is typically placed after a misspelled or archaically spelled word to indicate that the spelling is that of the original writer or speaker, not the publication or editor which has reprinted the quote.
Soho Rep's spring show, meanwhile, is Attempts on Her Life, the latest by British scribe Martin Crimp. Is she a terrorist? Is she a porn star? A new car model? The show, which bowed at the Royal Court in London, tries to answer these questions. New York sightings of Crimp's work include The Treatment at the Public Theater and a new adaptation of The Misanthrope at CSC.
Attempts will run in April 2002, with specific dates and a director to be announced.
—By Robert Simonson