The young New York City theatre troupe, The Keen Company, is two for two. The troupe hit the ball out of the park with its very first offering, the New York premiere of Conor McPherson's The Good Thief, starring Brian D'Arcy James and staged by Forsman. The show transferred to an Off-Broadway commercial run and won James an Obie Award. It has since played the Garter Lane Theatre in Waterford, Ireland.
Now, its second production, a revival of John van Druten's seldom produced The Voice of the Turtle, is moving uptown. The mounting, directed by Carl Forsman, began Sept. 7. Official opening was Sept. 8 for a run ending Sept. 30, at the Blue Heron Theatre. The show, which was largely praised, will reopen at the Mint Theatre (which is producing the new run), Nov. 23, for a six-week run. The play neatly fits into the mission of the Mint, which gives new stagings to neglected works of the past.
In Turtle, Elizabeth Bunch stars as Sally Middleton, who has sworn off love since an affair with a married producer went south. That is, until her best friend Olive (Megan Byrne) leaves her alone with Sergeant Bill Page (Nick Toren). Turtle originally opened on Dec. 8, 1943, and had a very long run (1,557 performances), though it is little remembered today. Margaret Sullavan starred as Sally under van Druten's direction.
Van Druten's other plays include The Distaff Side, I Remember Mama and, perhaps most famously, I Am a Camera. He was also a well known director. One of his last assignments was the staging of The King and I, which bowed on Broadway the same year as Camera.
Tickets are $35. The Mint is located at 311 W. 43rd St. Call (212) 315-0231.