A Burst Pipe Spoils a Tryst — And It's Not a Metaphor

News   A Burst Pipe Spoils a Tryst — And It's Not a Metaphor
The April 15 evening performance of Off-Broadway's sexy new suspense play, Tryst, was canceled shortly into Act Two when a waste water pipe above the theatre broke, causing trouble backstage.

The audience could hear that something was amiss at the theatre, and the performance was cancelled. Theatregoers were offered a chance to see a future performance.

A spokesman for the show said the pipe was repaired within hours and the 3 PM Sunday matinee went on as scheduled, as will the open-ended run.


Karoline Leach's Tryst, a new play that promises a tantalizing glimpse behind the closed doors and unspoken secrets of Edwardian England, opened April 6. Previews began March 21.

At the Promenade Theatre, the fleshly Edwardians of the play are Maxwell Caulfield (playing a character named Mr. Love, no less) and Tony Award nominee Amelia Campbell as a shop girl. Produced by Morton Wolkowitz and Barbara Freitag, Tryst — billed as part romance, part psychological thriller — is directed by Joe Brancato.

"Tryst tells the story of how George Love, a handsome con man who woos loved-starved women, meets Adelaide Pinchon, a desperate woman, who dreams beyond her mundane world at the local millinery store," the producers announced. "Mr. Love has a history of illicit affairs, but after meeting the fantasizing shop-girl, there is a twist of fate."

The play contains nudity and adult themes and is not recommended for children.

Playwright Karoline Leach has worked in the theatre as actress, director and writer. An earlier version of Tryst, entitled The Mysterious Mr. Love, was produced on the London stage in 1997. She has written extensively about Lewis Carroll.


Maxwell Caulfield starred in the Broadway production of An Inspector Calls and Off-Broadway productions of Entertaining Mr. Sloane, My Night with Reg and Salonica as well as touring productions of The Elephant Man and Sleuth. His film credits include "Grease 2," "The Boys Next Door" and "The Real Blonde." He gained wide fame on TV's "Dynasty" and "The Colbys."

Amelia Campbell appeared in Broadway's The Herbal Bed, Translations and A Small Family Business. She was Tony Award nominated for playing Meg in Our Country's Good.

Director Joe Brancato recently staged the Off-Broadway productions of Lee Blessing's Cobb produced by Kevin Spacey and From Door to Door by James Sherman.

He is founder and artistic director of the Penguin Rep Theatre.

The creative team includes scenic designer David Korins (Bridge & Tunnel, Paper Mill's The Diary of Anne Frank), lighting designer by Jeff Nellis, costume designer Alejo Vietti and a sound designer Johnna Doty.

Wolkowitz's producing credits include Stomp, Unexpected Man, One Shot One Kill and Door to Door.

The Promenade Theatre is at Broadway at 76th Street.

The production plays Tuesdays at 7 PM and Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $45-$65.

For more information and to charge tickets by phone, call (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 or telecharge.com.

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