The oft-extended new play about the Paparazzi favorite, "The Simple Life" star and home-video maven began life at Off-Broadway's Blue Heron Arts Center July 26, and will stay put indefinitely or "until New Yorkers insist that she leaves."
The Off-Broadway production initially starred actor Kevin Shinick as the hotel heiress. The one-person staging is directed by Timothy Haskell (Corporate Rock, Road House). Shinick played Paris (and not in drag) while she prepares to take her shot at being the fifth co-host on the ABC talk show "The View." As she waits in the green room of the show, she recalls the ups and downs of her socialite life and ponders over topics ranging from terrorism to hair care.
The magician Ago now plays the part.
The gender-blind casting follows suit of such recent New York stagings of Matt & Ben — which posed two women as title Hollywood men Damon and Affleck — and the current Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q — which casts actress Natalie Venetia Belcon as child star Gary Coleman.
Playwright Doug Field is known to New York audiences for his plays, Down South and An Enola Gay Christmas. Other plays include Jeannie Fitzpatrick Is Angry, C-Cup, The Last Generation and The Flower of Dubuque. For tickets to I Love Paris at the Blue Heron Arts Center, 123 East 24 St. (at Park Avenue South), call (212) 868-4444.