Gurney's look across the footlights at his youth and encounter with American theatrical royalty, began performances Off-Broadway at LCT's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater June 2, starring stage veterans Kate Burton, Boyd Gaines, Brenda Wehle, and young Tony-nominated actor Bobby Steggert as Gurney. Performances continue through Aug. 1.
The Kavinoky, located in Buffalo, NY, announced The Grand Manner as a replacement for the thriller Mousetrap, which was to close the season. The Grand Manner will now run April 29-May 29, 2011.
The play will be homecoming of sorts for Gurney, who was born in Buffalo. The hometown also comes into play during The Grand Manner. Set in 1948, The Grand Manner follows Gurney as a young prep student who travels to New York to attend Antony and Cleopatra starring "First Lady of the American Stage" Katherine Cornell. The piece reflects on Gurney's meeting with Cornell (thanks to their shared hometown), his aspiration to the theatre and Broadway's heyday.
The Kavinoky has also staged the West New York premieres of Gurney's Crazy Mary, The Fourth Wall and The Cocktail Hour.
The 2010-2011 season will also include Forever Plaid, Present Laughter, It's a Wonderful Life, Third and Rock 'n' Roll. A.R. Gurney is the author of Love Letters, The Dining Room, Sylvia, The Cocktail Hour, Ancestral Voices, Big Bill, Indian Blood, Children and Crazy Mary. His plays have earned him Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Rockefeller awards.
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