The Elizabeth Ashley-Michael Hayden production of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., will extend one week past its July 19 scheduled close to July 26. The show, directed by Michael Kahn, has been received enthusiastically since opening on June 1. The extension had looked like a certainty a week ago but then became more tentative until a concrete decision was reached, July 3, to prolong the show's run.
Ashley is well versed in Williams, having starred in the 1975 Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (also directed by Kahn), as well as productions of The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, Suddenly Last Summer, and The Red Devil Battery Sign. Hayden, meanwhile, is no stranger to callow gigolos such as Wayne, his best-known credit being Billy Bigelow in the Lincoln Center revival of Carousel.
For a look at Ashley's take on her character, Alexandra, please see the Feature story: "Ashley Explores the Tragic Hungers of Sweet Bird of Youth..
-- By Robert Simonson