Off-Broadway's Drama Dept. production of the new Amy and David Sedaris play, The Book of Liz, has extended two weeks and will now run through May 20. The comedy opened on March 26, after previews from March 12, to across the board positive reviews. The show is called The Book of Liz, after the central character, Sister Elizabeth, who, though she makes the cheeseballs that financially support her church sect, feels unappreciated and runs away. Several experiences ensue.
The cast includes Amy Sedaris, David Rakoff, Chuck Coggins and Jackie Hoffman.
The design team will include Hugh Hamrick (sets), Victoria Farrell (costumes), Kirk Bookman (lights) and Laura Grace Brown (sound). Hamrick directs.
Amy Sedaris recently appeared in the troupe's production of Douglas Carter Beane's The Country Club. Brother David, meanwhile, is the comic author of such volumes as "Barrel Fever" and "Naked." Together, they operate as The Talent Family and have presented a series of satirical, sketch-like comedies such as One Woman Shoe and The Little Frieda Mysteries. Most of these shows were seen at La MaMa, but the Sedaris siblings appear to have found a new home at the Drama Dept.
The unorthodox schedule of the extension goes as follows:
Monday, May 7 at 8PM
Tuesday, May 8 at 8PM
Wednesday, May 9 at 8PM
Thursday, May 10 at 8PM
Friday, May 11 at 7PM and 10PM
Wednesday, May 16 at 8PM
Friday, May 18 at 7PM and 10PM
Saturday, May 19 at 7PM and 10PM
Sunday, May 20 at 3PM and 7PM
—By Robert Simonson