Edward Albee's complex Tiny Alice, which has stumped many a director, critic, and theatregoer since its unveiling in 1965, will end its run at Hartford Stage on June 21. The production, directed by the company's former artistic director, Mark Lamos, opened on Saturday, May 23. Hartford Stage's obsession with the play is not new. The theatre staged the work in 1972. Indeed, after Shakespeare, Albee is the most produced playwright in Hartford Stage's 34-year history. Lamos has collected a seasoned cast for the production, headed by Richard Thomas, who will play the lead role of Brother Julian, a man of the church seduced by Alice's sexuality and wealth. Also in the cast are Gerry Bamman (Off-Broadway's Nixon's Nixon and Bedfellows), John Michael Higgins (Broadway's La Bete), Tom Lacy (the Drama Dept.'s production of Kingdom of Earth), and Sharon Scruggs (Floyd Collins). For more information, call (860) 527-5151.
The original production of Tiny Alice was presented on Broadway in December 1965, with John Gielgud and Irene Worth under the direction of Alan Schneider.
-- By Robert Simonson