After a hiatus while author and star John DiResta went to L.A., Beat: A Subway Cop's Comedy is set to reopen at Off-Broadway's Kaufman Theatre on West 42nd St., March 1. The show, which originally opened Nov. 20, 1996, features jokes and autobiographical anecdotes by DiResta, a real life NYC subway cop with more than 10 years on the beat.
Donna Daley directs the solo comedy, which is presented by Abrams/Gentile Entertainment and Father Steven Harris, an ordained Roman Catholic priest.
DiResta has made over 500 appearances in comedy clubs nationwide. Though drawn to the world of comedy, his firefighter father persuaded DiResta to go into law enforcement. He's currently on a special police detail that picks up and feeds the homeless in subways and transports them to shelters.
Director Donna Daley co-wrote the play Mama Drama and has appeared in America Kicks Up Its Heels and A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking.
For tickets ($20-$25, plus cops get a $5 discount) and information, call (212) 279-4200. Ironically, the Kaufman Theatre, all the way on 11th Ave., is situated right next to a police station. --By David Lefkowitz