Of the Company that recently visited Broadway, the most likely to be Tony-nominated is Veanne Cox, who stole the show from an awfully impressive company with that hysterical, altar-shy anthem, "(I'm Not) Getting Married Today." It seems to be a winning year for Cox: She went from the dithering bride-to-be, Amy, in Company to the dithering divorcee-to-be, Julianna, in The Batting Cage, which stood out among the entrees in the 20th Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville this spring.
Joan Ackerman's unlikely comedy about two estranged sisters who are brought together in a motel room in St. Augustine, FL, for the express purpose of scattering the ashes of a third sister was deemed "commercial-ready" by Variety critic Greg Evans--"if some canny producer signs" [Cox] "to repeat her crowd-pleasing star turn." He also found the play, directed by Lisa Peterson and co-starring Babo Harrison, to be "poignant, mainstream and very funny." One such "canny producer" appears to be emerging--James B. Freydberg, fresh from his "Big" hit--and the play is beginning to look a lot like next season.
Meanwhile, beginning April 30, Cox will be biding her time Off-Broadway in the equally dizzy Hope Davis role in Nicky Silver's hit, The Food Chain.