Way back when Rock Hudson and Doris Day represented the absence of sexuality, they teamed for a light film comedy called Pillow Talk, a typical, late 50's farce that won an Oscar for its screenplay. Christopher Sergel, who adapted the most popular stage version of To Kill A Mockingbird, also put his hand to Pillow Talk, and his theatrical adaptation finishes its brief airing May 9 at Off-Off-Broadway's Fourth Street Theatre. The show opened Apr. 29. Two Rivers Theatre Collective is mounting the comedy, about a prim interior decorator, a carefree bachelor and a love-sick millionaire. This being the 90's, the Doris Day role is played by Mark Finley. Also in the cast are Igor Goldin, John Lenartz, Chris Tomaino (cross-dressing as Alma the wise-cracking housekeeper), Scott Gilmore, Karen Greatti, Peter Herrick, Stephen Huff, Jodi Lynn Smith and Mary Jo Todaro. Embroidering Pillow are Christian D. Cargill (lighting) and Mary Tarochione (sets and costumes).
Says director Jeff Seabaugh, "As a child, I fell in love with movies like Pillow Talk, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The World of Susie Wong... I dreamed I would find the love of my life in the least likely of place and live happily ever after in Technicolor, with a 40-piece orchestra."
For tickets ($12) and information on Pillow Talk at the Fourth Street Theatre, 83 East 4th St., call (212) 726-8891.
-- By David Lefkowitz