By Ernio Hernandez
09 Nov 2003
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
The staging, which plays at the American Airlines Theatre, began previews Oct. 24 for a limited engagement through Jan. 4, 2004.
David Jones — who helmed Pinter's No Man's Land for Roundabout in 1994 with Christopher Plummer and Jason Robards — directs the work, which explores the changing relationship between two brothers when a vagabond enters their lives. MacLachlan plays the slow older brother, who lives in a junk-filled room in a building owned by his younger, volatile, punkish sibling, played by Gillen. Stewart is Davies, a manipulative bum who enters and upturns their lives.
Stewart has appeared on the Broadway stage in productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest and his own solo take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The veteran thespian — known for his sci-fi turns in television's "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the "X-Men" films — more recently appeared in The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Shakespeare Theatre's race-reversed production of Othello and the West End run of the Ibsen drama The Master Builder.
MacLachlan makes his Broadway debut with the play after a turn on the London stage last year opposite Woody Harrelson (The Rainmaker) in On an Average Day at the Comedy Theatre. The actor is known for his big and small screen work in "Sex and the City," "Blue Velvet," "Twin Peaks," "Showgirls," and the 2000 update of "Hamlet" with Ethan Hawke.
The design team for The Caretaker features John Lee Beatty (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lights) and Scott Lehrer (sound).
The original Broadway staging of the work opened in 1961 at the Lyceum Theatre starring Alan Bates. In 1986, Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre brought their revival of the play to New York with star Gary Sinise under the direction of John Malkovich.
Tickets to The Caretaker at Roundabout's AA Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street are available by calling (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.