PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Wit — Donne to Death

By Harry Haun
27 Jan 2012

Sierra Boggess and mother Kellen Turner Boggess
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Several first-nighters were fresh in from Sundance where they had films launched — Marin Ireland for one, and Andre Holland and Glenn Davis for two. Ireland's "28 Hotel Rooms" is the first time she has worked with Chris Messina since they did Caryl Churchill's Far Away years ago. The movie, she said, "is a little Same Time, Next Year-ish — a couple having an affair over many years in the same hotel. Time-wise, it's a little blurry. It doesn't go by months or years. It goes by rooms." Davis said he and Holland constitute "The Brothers" in "a coming-of-age story that we created ourselves and had our friends shoot it." Just getting it made was pretty "coming-of-age," too, he conceded.

Fresh from her Atlantic crossing was The Little Mermaid herself. "I just got off the plane from London, literally a couple of hours ago," said Sierra Boggess. "I was doing some press for Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Concert that I did at Albert Hall, which is on DVD now. It will be released here next month."

A contingent from Regrets, MTC's next offering at its City Center space, was among the first-nighters — Richard Topol, Tony winner Adriane Lenox and director Carolyn Cantor. "We start rehearsals in two weeks," said Topol. "I play a nebbish Queens pet-shop owner. It's going to give me a real stretch, isn't it? — but I think I might have a chance. I'm real excited, actually."



Tony Roberts was in good spirits, too. "I'm doing an audio book by Stuart Woods, the 17th one that I've done in the past 20 years. I play an ex-New York City Police detective by the name of Stone Barrington. I'm in the middle of recording it, and it's a great pleasure. The name of this one is 'Unnatural Acts.' Isn't that enticing?"

Walter Bobbie and Charlotte d'Amboise
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Director Walter Bobbie said after installing Venus in Fur at the Lyceum, he'll resume work on Terrence McNally's Golden Age. Reworked since its DC debut, it occupies a slot on MTC's schedule for next season.

"I had Jane Alexander massaging my feet today so things could be worse," chirped Laila Robins about the rehearsals for The Lady From Dubuque, over at Signature. She has been wanting to work with Alexander since her boyfriend, Bob Cuccioli, co-starred with Alexander in A Moon To Dance By. "They did it at Pittsburgh, and then they did it at the George Street Playhouse. It was really a beautiful piece. I was sad it didn't come into the city. It was about D.H. Lawrence's widow and her Italian lover. Now, it's my turn to hug and kiss her."

Also present: Edward Hibbert, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, Margaret Colin, Max Baker, Donna Murphy and Shawn Elliott, Master Class' Alexandra Silber, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Maria Dizzia, Kieran Campion, lyricist Susan Birkenhead, producers Liz McCann and Jeffrey Richards, Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker, Arian Moayed, playwright Matthew Lopez, Charlotte d'Amboise, Good People's Renee Elise Goldsberry and that vision of black-laced loveliness, Kim Cattrall, from Nixon's old "Sex and the City" days.

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