Bill Pullman Joins Broadway's The Other Place Feb. 5
By Kenneth Jones
Bill Pullman of TV's "1600 Penn" and Broadway's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? and Oleanna, steps into the role of the worried husband, Ian, in the final month of the Broadway premiere of The Other Place, beginning Feb. 5. He replaces Daniel Stern, who left Feb. 3 due to a family matter in California.
Sharr White's The Other Place stars three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf as a medical professional whose mind is breaking down. Her husband must navigate emotional land mines as his headstrong wife deteriorates. Those in her orbit in the 75-minute play, directed by Joe Mantello, also include Zoe Perry (Metcalf's real-life daughter) and John Schiappa.
Manhattan Theatre Club recently extended the production to March 3. Performances play MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre at 261 W. 47th Street. White's mysterious play opened Jan. 10 following previews from Dec. 11, 2012. (Its world premiere in 2011 was produced by Off-Broadway's MCC Theater.)
Audiences and critics alike have observed that the complexity of both the writing and Metcalf's performance make it seem like there are two leading ladies at the center of the trim 75-minute work: a composed medical professional at the top of the show and a fractured creature at play's end.
Mantello is the two-time Tony-winning director of Other Desert Cities, Wicked, Assassins, Take Me Out and Love! Valour! Compassion!
For its extended spring 2011 run by MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, The Other Place was nominated for two Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Drama League Award, and three Lucille Lortel Awards. Read the Playbill.com interview with the playwright.
Metcalf won an Obie Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for her performance. Read the recent Playbill magazine feature about Metcalf.
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