The Lady From Dubuque, Welcomed by Critics, Gets Second Extension Off-Broadway
By Kenneth Jones
Signature Theatre Company's new production of Edward Albee's The Lady From Dubuque, widely praised by critics as a rediscovery following its March 5 opening night, has been extended for a second time, now to April 15.
The previous extension was to April 1 at the End Stage Theatre in the new Pershing Square Signature Center on West 42nd Street. Tickets during the extension weeks are $75 each.
Tony Award winner Jane Alexander is the enigmatic title character in this fresh staging of the dismissed 1980 play by Pulitzer Prize winner Albee. The Lady From Dubuque is the acclaimed actress' first-ever role in an Albee play.
David Esbjornson (who staged Albee's Tony Award-winning The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?) directs the production.
This is the inaugural production in The End Stage Theatre at the resident company's new Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center at 480 W. 42nd Street between Dyer and 10th Avenues. Previews began Feb. 14.
Alexander is joined by Catherine Curtin (Love, Janis), Michael Hayden (Carousel, Festen, Cabaret), Peter Francis James (The Merchant of Venice), Tricia Paoluccio (A Strange and Separate People), Laila Robins (Frozen), Thomas Jay Ryan (In the Next Room or the vibrator play) and C.J. Wilson (Festen, Henry IV).
Here's how Signature characterizes the play by the author of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: "At a late-night party, Sam and Jo entertain their friends with a round of Twenty Questions and another round of drinks. When an unexpected guest and her mysterious companion arrive, the question 'Who are you?' gains a whole new and desperate meaning."
Albee was one of Signature's past resident writers, in 1993-94. The return of an Albee title this season is part of Signature's Legacy Program.
Alexander told Playbill magazine that this is her first appearance in a play by Pulitzer Prize-honored, Tony Award-winning Albee. "In many respects, I'm an Albee woman," she said. "It just never happened. I never even did a reading of an Albee play. I always feel I can do his women when I see them, the way I always feel I can do O'Neill's women. O'Neill and Albee — not so much Miller or Tennessee. I've been offered Blanche, and I always turned it down because I don't see myself as Blanche."
The Lady From Dubuque design team includes John Arnone (scenic design), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costume design), David Lander (lighting design), John Gromada (sound design) and Rick Sordelet (fight direction). The production stage manager is David H. Lurie and the stage manager is Andrew C. Gottlieb. Casting is by Telsey + Company.
For more information, call (212) 244-7529 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.
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