Parfumerie, Starring Eddie Kaye Thomas, Ayre Gross, Richard Schiff and Deborah Ann Woll, Opens Dec. 4

By Carey Purcell
04 Dec 2013

Richard Schiff
Richard Schiff

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts' premiere of Parfumerie officially opens Dec. 4 following preview performances that began Nov. 26. 

Parfumerie continues through Dec. 22 in Beverly Hills.

Directed by Mark Brokaw (Cinderella, Reckless), the production, adapted by E.P. Dowdall from Miklos Laszlo's Illatszertar, features Eddie Kaye Thomas ("American Pie," The Submission); Richard Schiff (Glengarry Glen Ross, "The West Wing"); Ayre Gross ("Castle," "Six Feet Under"); and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood," "Highland Park") with Cheryl Lynn Bowers; Adam Farabee (The Lieutenant of Inishmore); Andy Goldenberg ("Jack and Jill," "Austin and Ally"); Linda Griffin (The Drowsy Chaperone; A Chorus Line); Jacob Kemp (Greenwood); Jackson Moran; Tony Pasqualini ("Mad Men," "Law and Order"); Ariana Shore (The Performers); Jayne Taini ("Mad Men," "ER"); Jill Van Velzer (The Heiress, The Matchmaker); and Matt Walton (Hair; "One Life to Live").

"Set during Christmastime, 1937 in Budapest, Hungary, the play centers around two bickering employees at an upscale boutique, who have been building an anonymous romantic relationship through letters to one another for two years," press notes state. "This popular comedy has been a favorite in Europe, but is rarely seen in the United States. Written by Hungarian émigré Miklos Laszlo, Parfumerie's charming plot has been adapted to film several times, including 'The Shop Around the Corner,' 'In the Good Old Summertime' and 'You've Got Mail,' and as the Broadway musical She Loves Me."



The creative team includes scenic designer Allen Moyer (After Miss Julie, Grey Gardens); costume designer Michael Krass (The Lyons, After the Night and the Music); lighting designer David Lander (The Winslow Boy, The Heiress); and sound designer Jon Gottlieb (Master Class, George Gershwin Alone).

An exhibition on perfume entitled "Timeless Scents: 1370-2013," a history of iconic fragrances through the ages, has been created especially for The Wallis by Chandler Burr, former New York Times scent critic. The exhibition is on view in the Lovelace Studio Theater during the engagement of Parfumerie.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (310) 746-4000 or visiting thewallis.org.