They said it couldn't be done, but The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? will be continuing its run at the Golden Theatre Sept. 13 with two new powerhouse leads, two-time Oscar winner Sally Field and Tony winner Bill Irwin. 2002 Tony nominee Mercedes Ruehl and filmdom's Bill Pullman left the Best Play Tony winner Sept. 1, prompting a two week haitus for The Goat.
But now Sylvia, the infamous goat of the title, is back, again causing maritial discord between Field's fiery wife Stevie and Irwin's love-struck architect. Jeffrey Carlson, who plays the couple’s son, and Stephen Rowe, who plays the couple’s best friend, continue on in their roles.
Field is the star of such films as "Smokey and the Bandit," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Places in the Heart" and "Norma Rae." She won Oscars for the latter two. Irwin is the New Vaudeville clown who has starred in self-styled vehicles such as Largely New York and Fool Moon.
About his new stars, Albee said at a press event Sept. 9. "I saw a rehearsal earlier this week. It was the same play, but it was a totally new experience for me. Nothing was less; nothing was more. Nothing was changed, except with new people being real in the play.
Best known for his landmark Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Albee recently enjoyed a well-received revival of his Tiny Alice at Off-Broadway's Second Stage. The remounting of the drama — which was reviled in its 1963 premiere — was embraced by many critics and, as a result, extended its run. His Occupant and All Over, the latter at the Roundabout's Gramercy Theatre, have also been presented in the 2001-02 season. Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Daryl Roth, Terry Allen Kramer, Scott Rudin, Fred Zollo, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Scott Rudin and Fred Zollo produce The Goat. David Esbjornson (The Play About the Baby, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is the director. Designers are John Arnone (set), Kenneth Posner (lighting), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costumes) and Mark Bennett (sound). Previews began Feb. 16.
Tickets are $25-$65-$75. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. The Goat plays at the Golden Theatre, where it opened March 10.