By Kenneth Jones
24 Sep 2004
The world premiere comedy by Allan Katz ("M*A*S*H," "Roseanne," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show") stars Alan Rosenberg and Vyto Ruginis and is directed by Zane Buzby.
Ticket prices are $33 and $40, depending on the performance day and time, with special discounts for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more. To order tickets call (302) 594-1100 or visit www.delawaretheatre.org.
DTC previously announced that veteran Broadway producer Bill Haber was attached to the production.
The comedy tells the tale of "Norm and Jack, business partners in the rag trade barely clinging to the bottom rung of the fashion ladder," according to the DTC announcement. "They specialize in cheap knock-offs of last year's styles, sewn from cheap materials for cheap women. Jack is the sensitive, long suffering designer, fighting to maintain the slightest shred of artistic integrity. Norm is his foul-mouthed, draconian counterpart, running the business always with an eye out for more corners to cut. Together they've been squabbling and bickering for 15 years, through good times and bad, but mostly bad."
After Jack's month-long vacation stretches into six, "he finally returns from Europe a completely changed man," and "things will never be business as usual between these two partners again."
Partners marks the first Delaware Theatre Company production under the leadership of newly appointed producing director, Anne Marie Cammarato.
"Partners is a great beginning to a new era in DTC history," she said in a statement. "It's wonderful to start my first season with a comedy that Wilmington audiences are sure to love. It is my hope to make this the first of many world premieres at the Delaware Theatre Company."
The cast also includes Rich Duva, Bill Salunga, Eve Sigall and one actress to be announced.
Designers are Nick Embree (scenic), Millie Hiibel (costume), Shannon Zura (light and sound).
Writer Allan Katz is a past winner of a Drama Desk Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical for Song of Singapore. He began his writing career on the classic television comedy, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." He then went on to write, direct and produce such other television classics as "M*A*S*H," "All in the Family," "Roseanne," "Rhoda" and "Sanford and Son."
Preview performances for Partners started Sept. 15.
Producer Bill Haber's Broadway credits include Proof, The Scarlet Pimpernel, High Society, The Green Bird, Freak, Dirty Blonde, Bea Arthur, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Smell of the Kill, Amour, Imaginary Friends and the revivals of Jumpers, 1776, The Iceman Cometh, Hedda Gabler, Dance of Death, Noises Off and Man of La Mancha. His productions were nominated for eleven Tony, eight Outer Critic Circle and nine Drama Desk awards, winning one Tony Award, one Outer Critic Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize.