1999 Tony Award winner Elizabeth Franz (Death of a Salesman) plays Holocaust survivor Lola ready to begin the perfect retired life in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment, which began performances April 4 at the Long Wharf Theatre. The company's artistic director Doug Hughes directs the drama, opening April 11 for a run through May 13.
In the Obie-winning play, Lola and Max survived the German annihilation of the Jews but may not make it through their dream retirement in Florida. Their newly peaceful life has been shattered by the arrival of their emotionally-disturbed daughter Debby and her mildly retarded lover Neil. Margulies, a resident of New Haven, where the Long Wharf makes its home, won the 2000 Pulitzer for Dinner With Friends. He is also the author of Sight Unseen, Collected Stories and The Loman Family Picnic.
Joining Franz are George Coe (Company, Mame) as Max, Roberta Wallach (Down the Garden Paths) as Debby and Corey Parker Robinson ("The Corner") as Neil.
Tickets are $15-$45. For reservations, call (203) 787-4282.The Long Wharf Theatre is on the web at http://www.longwharf.org. *
In other Long Wharf news, the successful and extended Long Wharf world premiere run of The Mandrake Root broke the Stage II box office record for single ticket sales. Mandrake Root, a semi autobiographical tale by actress Lynn Redgrave and starring the same, sold over $104,000 in non-subscriber tickets. The previous record was set by the world premiere of Daniel Goldfarb's Modern Orthodox.
— By Christine Ehren