Primary Stages Adds Revival of Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment to Upcoming Season

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26 Apr 2013

Primary Stages will produce a revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies' 1995 black comedy The Model Apartment as the fourth production in its 2013-14 season, which will also include Eric Simonson's Bronx Bombers and a world-premiere Charles Busch comedy.



As previously reported, Elf and Wedding Singer lyricist Chad Beguelin's Harbor, which premiered at the Westport Country Playhouse in August 2012, will run July-September at 59E59 Theaters. Westport artistic director Mark Lamos will again stage the work. Casting will be announced shortly.

Here's how it's billed: "When fifteen-year-old Lottie and her ne'er-do-well mother Donna drop in unannounced on the beautiful Sag Harbor home of Donna's brother and his new husband, all hell breaks loose. The bonds between kith and kin are tested in this alternately biting and touching comedy about the constantly shifting nature of the meaning of family."

The Model Apartment, which Primary Stages first premiered in 1995, will run September-November at 59E59 Theaters. Even Cabnet will direct. According to Primary Stages, "When Max and Lola, two Holocaust survivors from Brooklyn, retire to Florida, they find their new condo unfinished and are forced to spend the night in a 'model apartment' where things are not always as they seem. In this brilliant and bizarre Drama Desk-nominated black comedy, Max and Lola soon realize that if they ever want to truly 'retire,' they must first confront the demons of their past."

Eric Simonson's baseball drama, now titled Bronx Bombers, will run September-October at the Duke on 42nd Street. Simonson (Lombardi, Magic/Byrd) will also direct the work, which was conceived by Fran Kirmser. Here's how it's billed: "The Bronx Bombers tells the generational story of a most extraordinary baseball family, and the game itself. Follow the revered New York Yankees Yogi Berra as he struggles to keep the focus on the team, transgressing the tricky world of dreams, celebrity, and the ever-changing landscape of this beloved American pastime."

Charles Busch's untitled world premiere will be staged by Carl Andress January-March 2014 at 59E59 Theaters. In 2011 Primary Stages presented the premiere of Busch's Olive and the Bitter Herbs. The company also produced his 1994 comedy You Should Be So Lucky.

Here's how it's billed: "This elderly landlady dies in her sleep, takes on her identity in order to hang on to her valuable Greenwich Village townhouse. This “perfect” scheme goes awry and leads to a wild path of twists and reversals plotted by an eccentric rogues gallery of outrageous schemers. Expect Busch's signature blend of quick-witted banter and genderbending hijinks in this new play written specifically for Primary Stages from the master of Off-Broadway farce."

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