With Eli Wallach out of Visiting Mr. Green and Anne Jackson done with Mr. Peters' Connections, what's next for the two veteran -- and maritally conjoined -- actors?
As reported by Newsday, for two nights (Aug. 1 & 3) they'll appear in the reading of a trio of one-acts by playwright Murray Schisgal. Titled Mentors, the evening will also feature James Waterston (Arcadia) and Arija Bareikis (The Last Night of Ballyhoo).
According to Newsday, all three play "explore the evolving nature of love over a lifetime," an apt theme, since Wallach and Jackson celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.
Best known as the author of Luv and the Dustin Hoffman starrer Jimmy Shine, Schisgal has even found a sexual metaphor for his work ethic. Describing himself as a "Broadway playwright who has turned to film in a big way," Schisgal also wrote, "The more I'm prevented from working in the theatre, the more I hunger for it. I am told by my critic friends that this sensation is not dissimilar to that of sexual impotence."
Schisgal's other plays include Twice Around The Park, a 1982 vehicle for Wallach and Jackson; The Old Jew, An American Millionaire, The Chinese, Dr. Fish, and All Over Town. Mentors is part of the "Champagne & Sunset" series at Long Island, NY's Guild Hall. Other entries in the series include Marjorie Appleman's Precipice (July 27), Seymour Blicker's Pals (Aug. 10), Don Monaco's Little Red Wagon Painted Blue (Aug. 17) and Tom Dulack's The Elephant and Mrs. Rosetti (Aug. 24). Dulack is best known for penning the farce Breaking Legs.
For tickets ($15-$17) and information on the Champagne & Sunset series at the John Drew Theatre in East Hampton call (516) 324-4050.
-- By David Lefkowitz