Swoosie Kurtz does double duty, playing a set a twins in Paula Vogel's latest, The Mineola Twins, slated to begin performances at The Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre Jan. 19, with a Feb. 18, opening.
Kurtz has received the Tony Award twice, for Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July and the Lincoln Center revival of John Guare's House of Blue Leaves. Other stage appearances include: Uncommon Women and Others, and Durang's A History of American Film. Her career, in recent times, has been geared more toward television, with a lead role in "Sisters" and a recurring role in the NBC sitcom, "Suddenly Susan."
Co-starring with Kurtz is Obie Award winner, Mo Gaffney. Like Kurtz, Gaffney began on the stage, receiving rave reviews for The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives, which she co-wrote and co-starred in with Kathy Najimy. Gaffney also wrote, produced and starred in two of her own HBO specials and is a series regular on the television show, "Mad About You."
Other cast members for Mineola include: Mandy Siegfried (Stupid Kids), Daniel Sherman, and Jimmy Holder. Joe Mantello (Corpus Christi, Proposals, Love! Valour! Compassion! ) will direct.
Vogel won last season's Pulitzer Prize for her Off-Broadway hit, How I Learned to Drive. Other plays include The Baltimore Waltz and Desdemona. Twins, dubbed "a politically incorrect comedy of the sexes," made its premiere at Alaska's Perseverance Theatre in November of 1996. Mineola starts during the Eisenhower administration, spanning three decades in the lives of two twins: Myrna and Myra (one good, one evil). Kurtz will play both of them.
The show will be the last for the Roundabout at Laura Pels Theatre, the lease for the space is over in May. Future Off-Broadway shows for Roundabout will run at the Gramercy Theatre.
For tickets ($55) to Mineola Twins, or any of Roundabout's shows, call (212) 719-9300. Twins follows Beth Henley's Impossible Marriage, which ended Jan. 3 at the Pels space.
-- By Sean McGrath