Match Goes Out as Belber Play Concludes Brief Broadway Run May 23
By Robert Simonson
Playwright Stephen Belber's Broadway debut Match — starring Tony nominee Frank Langella — will close after the May 23 performance. The three-person drama, which co-stars Ray Liotta and Jane Adams, will have played 28 previews and 53 regular performances.
Match began previews at the Plymouth Theatre March 13 and officially opened April 8. While the drama—about a Juilliard dance teacher and a young couple who seek him out for mysterious reasons—received mostly faulting appraisals from the critics, Langella won high marks for his flamboyant, inventive, sympathetic performance as the effusive, but lonely teacher. His work earned the show its only Tony nomination. He will compete against Simon Russell Beale of Jumpers, Jefferson Mays of I Am My Own Wife—both still performing—and Kevin Kline from Henry IV and Christopher Plummer of King Lear, Lincoln Center shows which have closed their scheduled runs.
Langella has won the Tony twice before, for Seascape and Fortune's Fool.
The show was Liotta's Broadway debut. Adams won a Tony Award for An Inspector Calls, and has also acted in I Hate Hamlet and Enchanted April.
Match is one of a trio of spring Broadway plays which suffered swift deaths. Sixteen Wounded and Prymate were the others.
The Araca Group produced with direction by Nicholas Martin. The creative team also includes set design by James Noone, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Kurt Kellenberger and Jerry Yager.
The playwright's other titles include Tape, A Small, Melodramatic Story, The Death of Frank and The Transparency of Val.
The Plymouth Theatre is located in Manhattan at 236 West 45th Street. Match plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays at 2 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
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