Take Me Out Extends a Second Time, to Nov. 10

News   Take Me Out Extends a Second Time, to Nov. 10 The hit production of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out has extended once again, to Nov. 10. The show began previews Aug. 23 and open Sept. 5. An initial extension brought the show's close to Oct. 27.

The hit production of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out has extended once again, to Nov. 10. The show began previews Aug. 23 and open Sept. 5. An initial extension brought the show's close to Oct. 27.

The popular Take Me Out, which is a co production with London's Donmar Warehouse, has been a hot prospect for commercial transfer since its first preview. It may soon become the third Public Theater production in a year to transfer to Broadway. Variety reported Sept. 17 that the show has a eye on the Walter Kerr Theatre, currently the home of the long-running Proof.

Proof, which opened at the Kerr on Oct. 24, 2000, has announced no closing date; indeed, recent rave reviews for Anne Heche's performance have given the production a shot in the arm. However, some sources have the show tentatively shuttering in January, when Broadway business traditionally dips.

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Sanguine reviews and pre-opening newspaper articles about Take Me Out's sexual, racial and sports content — to say nothing of the male nude scenes — have fueled intense interest from sports fans and traditional theatregoers alike. The play focuses on a superstar ballplayer for a Yankees-like team and the uproar caused when he tells the world he's gay. On Oct. 1, ticket prices increase with the extension, to $55, from $45.

Take Me Out, directed by Joe Mantello, premiered earlier this summer at the Donmar Warehouse in London.

For tickets, visit The Public Theater box office at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan, go online to www.publictheater.org or call Tele-charge at (212) 239 6200.

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In 2002, the Public has two hit shows on Broadway: Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog and the solo show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty.