A 1935 comedy from Katharine Dayton and George S. Kaufman kicks off the eight season of "concert" play performances for The Actors Company Theater Oct. 13, 15-16 at the New York Historical Society.
Appropriate to the election year, First Lady pictures two Washington wives who are willing to do anything as they fight to claim the second most powerful (or is it most powerful?) position in America. Kaufman created some 40 plays including The Royal Family, Animal Crackers, The Man Who Came to Dinner (recently revived on Broadway with Nathan Lane), and the Pulitzer Prize-winning You Can't Take It With You.
TACT's resident company includes Sean Arbuckle, Simon Billig, Ivar Brogger (Blood Brother), Nora Chester, Kevin Conway, Bradford Cover, John Cunningham (Titanic, Company), Maia Danziger, Cynthia Darlow (Grease, Rumors), Francesa Di Mauro, Delphi Harrington, Paul Hecht, David Edward Jones, Larry Keith (Titanic, Space), Jack Koenig, Philip Lehl (Titanic, Blood Brothers), Mark Lewis, Greg McFadden, Eve Michelson (A Dybbuk), James Murtaugh (Ah, Wilderness, Philadelphia, Here I Come), Nancy Opel (Triumph of Love), Gregory Salata (Bent, Equus), Jo-Ann Salata, Scott Schafer (Raggedy Ann), Joseph Siravo (Cabaret), David Staller, Tom Toner (Ragtime), Lynn Vogt and Lyn Wright (As Bees in Honey Drown). Director Scott Alan Evans, Cynthia Harris (Bad Habits, Company) and Simon Jones (Waiting in the Wings, Ring Round the Moon) are the company's co-artistic directors.
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 upcoming TACT season includes:
Jan. 12, 14-15: The Admiral Crichton by J.M. Barrie
Feb. 16-19: A Family Affair by Alexander Ostrovsky, adapted by Nick Dear
March 23, 25-26: The Apollo of Bellac and The Bald Soprano by Jean Giraudoux
May 4, 6-7: Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan
-- By Christine Ehren