Annabelle Gurwitch, "Dinner and a Movie"'s hostess with the mostess, stars as a 1950's Jewish housewife going slowly crazy in the Catskills in Murray Mednick's Joe and Betty, opening June 2 at the Jose Quintero Theatre. Guy Zimmerman directs.
Joe and Betty are a poor couple struggling to raise six kids on relief. As their poverty crushes their hopes, loving man and wife dissolve through Who's Afraid of Virigina Woolf?-esque conflict into man and madwoman. A pioneer of the Off- and Off-Off-Broadway scene in the 1960's and 1970's, Mednick is also the author of Mrs. Feurstein, The Coyote Cyle, Baby, Jesus!, Freeze and Sixteen Routines.
John Diehl is Joe opposite Gurwitch's Betty. Completing the cast is Tom McCleister, Shawna Casey, Edith Fields, Sharron Shayne and Drago Sumonja.
Joe and Betty plays through June 16. Tickets are $15. The Jose Quintero Theatre is located at 543 West 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. For reservations, call (212) 244-7529.
— By Christine Ehren