Incumbent Comedy Mrs. Farnsworth Ends New York Run, Sept. 4

News   Incumbent Comedy Mrs. Farnsworth Ends New York Run, Sept. 4
The "Convention Run" return of A.R. Gurney's politically-charged comedy Mrs. Farnsworth at The Flea Theatre plays its final performance, Sept. 4.

The limited six-week run, starring Leslie Lyles (Roulette) and Gerry Bamman (Nixon's Nixon), started July 28 (during the Democratic National Convention) and ends Sept. 4 (following the close of the Republican National Convention).

In the comedy, set at a creative writing workshop, the title character Mrs. Farnsworth shares with the class the opening to her in-the-works novel about an old lover. Upon further exploration into the plot, the lover begins to resemble a certain successful Republic from a privileged family.

Also featured in the show will be original cast members Danny Burstein, as Mrs. Farnsworth's writing instructor, with Kate Benson, Fernando Gambaroni and Tarajia Morrell. The original run featured Sigourney Weaver and John Lithgow.

The piece is directed by Jim Simpson, artistic director of The Flea Theatre and Weaver's husband.

Lithgow has since been cast in the upcoming musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — a stage version based on the 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin. The staging begins previews at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, Sept. 15. Mrs. Farnsworth performs at the Flea Theatre, 41 White Street (located three blocks south of Canal St.). For more information, visit the website at

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