November Ends Broadway Run July 13
By Andrew Gans
David Mamet's Oval Office-set comedy November plays its final performance at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre July 13.
When it closes, the Joe Mantello-directed production will have played a total of 205 performances. Next tenant at the Barrymore will be the revival of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell, which will begin previews Sept. 29.
November opened in its world premiere Jan. 17 at the Barrymore following previews that began Dec. 20, 2007. Lane portrays a U.S. President in a cast that also boasts Laurie Metcalf and Dylan Baker.
The production received one 2008 Tony nomination — for actress Metcalf, who was nominated in the Best Performance By a Featured Actress in a Play category.
"Set just days before a major presidential election," according to press notes, "November involves civil marriages, gambling casinos, lesbians, American Indians, presidential libraries, questionable pardons and campaign contributions."
Lane (The Producers, "The Birdcage") plays the incumbent U.S. President Charles Smith with Metcalf (All My Sons, "Roseanne") as his aide, Clarice Bernstein, and Baker (Mauritius, "Spider-Man 3") as presidential adviser Archer Brown. Ethan Phillips (Measure for Measure, "Benson") and Michael Nichols (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) round out the five-member ensemble.
The design team features Scott Pask (scenic), Paul Gallo (lighting) and Laura Bauer (costumes).
November was produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Bat-Barry Productions, Michael Cohl, Ergo Entertainment, Michael Filerman, Ronald Frankel, Barbara & Buddy Freitag, James Fuld Jr., Roy Furman, JK Productions, Harold Thau, Jamie deRoy/Ted Snowdon and Wendy Federman.
Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize winner for his drama Glengarry Glen Ross. Other works include Speed-the-Plow, The Cryptogram, American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Romance, Boston Marriage, The Old Neighborhood and The Voysey Inheritance. His screenplays include "The Verdict," "Wag the Dog," "State and Main," "The Spanish Prisoner" and "The Untouchables."
The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is located in Manhattan at 243 West 47th Street.
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