Polly Draper, Rupert Graves, Anna Friel and Ciaran Hinds are all staying with the Broadway comedy-drama Closer until mid-September, according to a production spokesperson at Barlow Hartman. No word yet, however, on plans for the production in the fall. Graves, Friel and Hinds all opened with the show, March 25; Draper replaced Natasha Richardson as Anna, the photographer, June 15. Recent box office grosses have dipped for the production, which won best foreign play honors from the New York Drama Critics Circle.
Draper came to Patrick Marber's Tony-nominated play straight from the Drama Dept.'s double bill of Richard Greenberg's The Author's Voice and Peter Hedges' Imagining Brad. Outside of theatre appearances in pieces such as Four Dogs and a Bone and the ill-fated Crazy He Calls Me, Draper is best known for her Emmy nominated role of Ellyn on TV's "thirtysomething." Closer, which will be included (in synopsis form) in the 1998-99 Best Plays Theater Yearbook, concerns the psychosexual games and falsehoods that entangle four Londoners.