Tovah and Golda Extend at Off-Broadway MET Until May 11

News   Tovah and Golda Extend at Off-Broadway MET Until May 11 Tovah Feldshuh will play Golda Meir in Golda's Balcony for a little longer. The William Gibson play, which opened at Off-Broadway's Manhattan Ensemble Theatre March 26 to solid reviews for Feldshuh's committed performance, will now play until May 11.

Previews began on March 13. Bat Boy's Scott Schwartz directs.

MET is now two for two in the 2002-03 season. It's opening production, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, also extended after earning excellent reviews. It is now playing a commercial engagement at the Little Shubert Theatre.

The Meir-focused play, by the author of Two for the Seesaw and The Miracle Worker, looks at the life of the famous Israeli Prime Minister.

Golda's Balcony was originally derived from a different play by Gibson, Golda, a large-cast show which starred Anne Bancroft and played on Broadway in 1977. Gibson converted it into a one-person drama, which had a production at Shakespeare & Co. in the Berkshires last summer. The MET production is, furthermore, a different version than the one seen in Lenox, MA.

The role is Feldshuh's most significant one in some time. Feldshuh was one of the leading New York stage performers of the 1970s. She was nominated for Tony Awards for Yentl in 1976, Sarava in 1979 and Lend Me A Tenor in 1989, and won an Obie Award in 1975. In recent years, she has appeared in a couple one-person cabaret shows, Tovah: Crossovah! and Tovah: Out of Her Mind!. She played Talullah Bankhead in her own play, Tallulah Hallelujah! a couple seasons back and last year starred in the short-lived American premiere of Jonathan Wilson's Kilt Off-Broadway at The Directors Company. Schwartz, who directed Bat Boy and tick, tick...BOOM!, returns to MET after having staged The Castle there last season. He will reportedly helm Me and My Girl at Goodspeed Opera House this spring.

The design team of Golda's Balcony includes wig and hair designer Paul Huntley, set designer Anna Louizos, light designer Howell Binkley, costume designer Jess Goldstein, properties designer Kathy Fabian, and projection designer Robin Silvestri of Batwin + Robin Productions. 

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