It's not Closer; it's The Closer. Dan Fante's Los Angeles' hit closes at New York's Pantheon Theatre Dec. 17. Performances began Nov. 29 with an opening Nov. 30. Actors Art Theatre artistic director Jolene Adams directs.
In the hard-selling world of telemarketing, Eddy Kammegian has molded his staff at First National Copier Products into "a tele-sales S.W.A.T. team." But their fragile world fueled by greed and success is rocked to its foundations by a scandal that threatens Eddy's business and life.
In its 14 month Ovation-nominated run in L.A., The Closer was known as Boiler Room - the title change was made after the release of the recent film "Boiler Room." The new title is not to be confused with English scribe Patrick Marber’s La Ronde-style dark comedy, Closer.
Fante, the son of American novelist John Fante, is the author of three novels - the first in English was "Chump Change." The Closer is his first full length play. Douglas Coler ("Days of Our Lives") stars as Eddy. Also in the cast are Clayton Landey as second in command phone manager Dallas Murphy (he played the morally soft Doc Franklin in the L.A. production) and Adelaide Vaughn as "countess of kill 'em and chill 'em", Judy Dunn.
Tickets are $12. The Pantheon Theatre is located at 303 West 42nd Street. For reservations, call (212) 712-7990. The Actors Art Theatre is on the web at http://www.actorsart.com.
— By Christine Ehren