No, you're not seeing double. The same director will direct two different comedies by the same playwright, in repertory at the same theatre, with both shows offering nightly prizes. The director is Mark Harborth, who's worked at Surflight Theatre in NJ and the Barn Playhouse in New London, CT. The playwright is Anthony Giunta, author of Across The Bridge Of The Angels, Bas-Relief and The Rite Of First Refusal. The Giunta comedies in question are Even Steven and Dotted Line. The venue is the Trilogy Theatre for a limited engagement. And the prizes run from dinners at local restaurants to a Grand Prize drawing for an expense-paid weekend in Cancun, Mexico.
Even Steven, which begins previews Oct. 15 and opens Oct. 19, is a romantic comedy about a young man, his new fiancee, ex-girlfriend and new roommate. Jay Scully, Alisa Klein, Melissa Rayworth and David Duffield star in the show, which is designed by Leon L. Munier (set), Bernard Grenier (costumes) and Jeff Croiter (lighting).
Dotted Line, which begins previews Oct. 16 and also opens Oct. 19, tells of a gay, downsized executive whose need for cash leads him to a would-be actor -- who already has a girlfriend. Daniel Sherman, Jason Roth, Kathleen McInerney and Dennis Keeley star in the show, which is designed by the same team as Even Steven. Both shows, which are produced by Squid, Inc. (get it?), end Nov. 9.
For tickets ($15 to Oct. 25; $35 to Nov. 9) and information on Dotted Line and Even Steven at the Trilogy Theatre, 341 West 44th St., call (212) 561-0251.
--By David Lefkowitz