Broadway's American Plan Is Extended to March 22

By Kenneth Jones
19 Feb 2009

Kieran Campion and Lily Rabe in The American  Plan.
Kieran Campion and Lily Rabe in The American Plan.
Photo by Carol Rosegg

Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of Richard Greenberg's 1990 play The American Plan will get an extra week of performances, to March 22, MTC announced.

The play about escaping family and embracing your identity got solid reviews and was determined by the Tony Administration Committee to be eligible as a Best Play, despite its Off-Broadway and regional life over the past 19 years.

The American Plan, starring Tony and Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl and Lily Rabe, plays MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre at 261 W. 47th Street. Directed by Tony nominee David Grindley (Journey's End, Pygmalion), it opened on Jan. 22.

The American Plan stars Kieran Campion (Pygmalion, Journey's End), Austin Lysy (A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Delacorte), Outer Critics Circle Award winner Brenda Pressley (The First Breeze of Summer), Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Rabe and Ruehl.

According to MTC, "It is the Catskill Mountains in the early 1960s, and Lili Adler (Rabe) and her mother Eva (Ruehl) are spending the summer across the lake from a bustling hotel where comics entertain and buffets overflow. When a handsome young stranger (Campion) enters their world, the emotionally fragile Lili finds herself falling in love. But once her imperious mother learns of their relationship, lies are exposed, alliances are forged and Lili's one chance to escape her mother's control may be lost forever."



The Broadway production marks MTC's eighth collaboration with Greenberg; a relationship that includes the original Off-Broadway production of The American Plan, which premiered in 1990 at MTC at New York City Center Stage II and then transferred to Stage I. Other MTC productions of Greenberg plays include Eastern Standard, The Extra Man, Jenny Keeps Talking, Night and Her Stars, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Three Days of Rain, and The Violet Hour.

The creative team includes Jonathan Fensom (scenic and costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Darron L West & Bray Poor (sound design) and Tom Watson (wig design).

For tickets visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250.

For more information visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.