The American premiere of Jonathan Wilson's Kilt starring Tovah Feldshuh that plays Off-Broadway at The Directors Company will close May 4 as scheduled. The production, helmed by Jack Hofsiss (who staged Broadway's original The Elephant Man) began performances on April 6 officially opened April 10.
Kilt centers on a young Scottish lad — with go-go dancing talents — who learns a slew of family secrets as he travels with his ailing mother to his grandfather's funeral in Scotland. The play premiered in Toronto at the Tarragon Theatre and has enjoyed many productions across the provinces.
There was talk of possibly transferring the show to a Broadway house providing positive reviews. The hopes of producers Chase Minkin, Leonard Soloway — who have teamed up previously on The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Waiting in the Wings and Dame Edna: The Royal Tour— and Martin Massman were to make the May 1 deadline for the Tony nominations. Production spokesperson confirmed that the transfer was a "possibility" but no official moves were made and no news of future stagings were confirmed by the show's close.
Hofsiss directed with a lauded group of designers behind him. Among the creative team are set designer David Jenkins (The Music Man, James Joyce's The Dead), costume designer Ann Hould-Ward (Beauty and the Beast), lighting designer Ken Billington (Chicago) and sound designer Peter J. Fitzgerald (42nd Street, 45 Seconds From Broadway and the upcoming Movin' Out).
Feldshuh, busy as of late, was recently featured as Richard Dreyfuss' sister in the CBS series "The Education of Max Bickford," as the Jewish mother Judy Stein in the film "Kissing Jessica Stein" — based on the play Lipschtick by the same writers — and was scheduled play the title role in the world premiere musical, The Lady in Penthouse B which is now postponed to next season. A three-time Tony Award nominee for her work in Yentl, Sarava, and Lend Me A Tenor, Feldshuh has also appeared in her first playwriting venture, the Off Broadway play with-music, Tallulah Hallelujah! Joining Feldshuh in the cast are Herb Foster (Kiss Me, Kate, Amy's View, The Herbal Bed), Chris Payne Gilbert, Jamie Harris and Kathleen Doyle.
For tickets to Kilt at The Directors Company, 311 West 43 Street, call (212) 206 1515 or visit www.smarttix.com. For more information on The Directors Company, visit their website at www.thedirectorscompany.org.
— by Ernio Hernandez