Variety reports that the Tony-nominated play will close Aug. 31, having played 24 previews and 144 regular performances. When it ends its acclaimed run, only one non-musical production will be left on Broadway, Richard Greenberg's Tony-winning Take Me Out.Enchanted April lost the Tony for Best Play to Greenberg's opus in a field that also included Vincent in Brixton and Say Goodnight, Gracie. The latter ends its run at the Helen Hayes Theatre Aug. 24.
The industry paper also says that Enchanted April — which began its run at the Belasco April 8 — will not have recouped its $2 million capitalization by its closing date. There are, however, plans for the play to be produced at the Pasadena Playhouse in April 2004 for a six-week run. That engagement will begin a resident-theatre tour that is currently being assembled by producer Jeffrey Richards and Pasadena Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.