Bobbie, Feldshuh, Finneran and Ivey Guest in Final Weeks of an oak tree

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Walter Bobbie, Tovah Feldshuh, Katie Finneran and Judith Ivey are among the guest stars who will appear in the final weeks of Tim Crouch’s an oak tree at the Barrow Street Theatre.
Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The rotating-cast-member show will close on Jan. 14 following 86 performances at the Barrow Street Theatre. Previews began Oct. 27, 2006, and the work opened Nov. 4. Each guest actor, male or female, plays "the Father." Crouch directs the play and plays "the Hypnotist." The premise of the play is that the father's daughter has just been killed in a car accident involving the hypnotist.

The guests have never seen the play nor read the script before walking on stage. They get their lines and directions via an earpiece, a clipboard and from Crouch's dialogue — it varies throughout the play.

Guest stars will line up as follows:

Jan. 5: Alexandra Neil ("508 Nelson," "One Life to Live")
Jan. 6: 5 PM - Brian Logan, 9:30 PM - Katie Finneran (Pig Farm, Noises Off)
Jan. 7: 5 PM - Walter Bobbie (director Chicago, Sweet Charity), 8 PM - Wendy Vanden Heuval (The Barbie Project)
Jan. 8: Tovah Feldshuh (Golda's Balcony)
Jan. 9: Carolyn McCormick ("Law & Order")
Jan. 12: Maryann Plunkett ("The Squid and the Whale")
Jan. 14: Judith Ivey ("Flags of Our Fathers," "Brighton Beach Memoirs")

Past guests have included David Hyde Pierce, Kathleen Chalfant, Michael Cerveris, Tim Blake Nelson, Hunter Foster, Peter Dinklage, Joan Allen, Frances McDormand, Mike Myers, Austin Pendleton, Lili Taylor, F. Murray Abraham, Richard Kind and Charles Busch.

Presenters of an oak tree are the Perry Street Theatre (Martin Platt, David Elliot, co-directors), Rosalie Beer, A.J. Epstein and Richard Jordan Productions in association with Barrow Street Theatre.

The Barrow Street Theatre is at 27 Barrow Street, near Seventh Avenue. Tickets, priced $45, can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit www.PerryStreetTheatre.

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