By Christine Ehren
and Robert Simonson
15 Dec 2002
Albee's The Goat or Who Is Sylvia dissects the marital discord an interspecific affair causes between a lovelorn architect and his passionate wife with both humor and pathos. Mercedes Ruehl and Bill Pullman created the lead roles and were replaced in September by Oscar winner Sally Field and Bill Irwin, who will finish the play's run.
The Broadway production did not recoup its investment, but did surprisingly well for a play whose center is bestiality. Two regional productions of The Goat have been announced for the coming months with Houston's Alley Theatre getting the regional debut with a run on the company's more intimate Neuhaus Stage Jan. 17-Feb. 16. Seattle will next host the play in a May-June run at ACT.
Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Daryl Roth, Terry Allen Kramer, Scott Rudin, Fred Zollo, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Scott Rudin and Fred Zollo produced The Goat on Broadway. David Esbjornson (The Play About the Baby, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is the director. Designers are John Arnone (set), Kenneth Posner (lighting), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costumes) and Mark Bennett (sound).
Tickets in New York are $25-$65-$75. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. The Goat plays at the Golden Theatre, where it opened March 10. For more information on the Alley Theatre, visit http://www.alleytheatre.com or call (713) 228-8421 or (800) 259-ALLE. For more information on ACT Seattle, visit http://www.acttheatre.org.